Basketball camp teaches lessons beyond the hardwood

ROANOKE, Va (WDBJ7) - Camps are in full swing for the summer, but a local basketball program is teaching young athletes skills they can use off the hardwood.

More than 120 students have been running across the courts in William Fleming High School this week for the annual Twin Hoops Basketball Camp.

Damon Williams has hosted the program with his twin brother Ramon for the last 23 years.

They focus on the fundamentals of the sport, but they also work hard to teach lessons that go beyond baskets.

“We always say the game of basketball is the same thing as the game of life... so what that institutes is discipline listening, being able to follow directions, and dealing with adversity," Damon Williams said.

Guest speakers help drill these values home and a former professional athlete like Kendrick Gholston captures these kids attention.

"Every kid I've ever met says they want to be a professional athlete," Gholston said.

He played for a handful of NFL teams, and now wants to encourage kids to take their passion for the game into the real world.

"You try to teach them and nurture that and transfer that from this field to life, hard work, effort, working together, unity, those are principles of life," Gholston said.

Organizers hope that by the end of the week these athletes will learn there are MVPs in many areas of life.