CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At first glance the basketball camp inside the Greenville Neighborhood Center looked like so many others where children are able to enhance their skills in basketball.
But "Full Court Press" is so much more than just learning basic skills from former NBA players; the program teaches local children the importance of education and overcoming adversity.
Chris Washburn, Xavier McDaniel, Vernon Maxwell, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd and Kenny Battle took part in Tuesday’s free basketball camp.
The program is a partnership with the National Urban League and National PAL (Police Athletic League), and Charlotte is one of more than a dozen cities the program will visit.
Full Court Press offers-up former NBA stars who have dealt with the up and downs of NBA life on and off the court.
Being from a little small town [like] Hickory, North Carolina, we've never had NBA players come back and talk to us, especially ones that done-- who've done a lot of the wrong things,” said Chris Washburn, who was the third overall player chosen in the 1986 NBA draft, only to have drugs derail his career early.
Washburn said that he wants to share with kids the importance of being prepared and getting a good education.
More than 150 children who were selected by PAL and the Charlotte Urban League took part.