San Antonio Spurs All-Star and 2007 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Tony Parker came to Corpus Christi on Sunday to hold a basketball clinic for the local kids. Well over 100 children ages 7-18 participated in the Tony Parker Basketball Camp, which was held at Calallen High School.
The camp, which is held in cities across Texas each month, focused on the fundamentals of basketball including dribbling, passing, and shooting. Each kid also got to meet Parker and get an autograph.
All of this came less than 24 hours after Parker scored 31 points in a win over the Phoenix Suns.
Pamela De La Pena, whose husband volunteered as a coach for the clinic, had three children Brandon, 11, Cameron, 9, and Mia, 7 participate in the camp.
I think its awesome; I think its fun, De La Pena said. Hes a good role model for these kids. It encourages them to keep practicing, and practice makes you a better player.
While the kids were the ones refining their skills on the court, everyone in attendance parents included was anxious to see Parker.
[My kids] were super excited, De La Pena said. I think I was more excited though.