Recently, Sacramento Kings star Tyreke Evans teamed up with VSP Vision Care to host a charity basketball camp for Sacramento area children in need for the second year in a row. The kids had a great time shooting hoops and participating in a question and answer session with Tyreke. Local VSP optometrists Tiffany Lu, OD, Russell Ng, OD, and Paul Kim, OD, volunteered their time as campers and their parents also received free eye exams and glasses onboard a VSP mobile eye clinic during the camp.
In between hanging out with the young basketball players, Tyreke took a quick break to receive his own annual eye exam onboard the mobile clinic by Dr. Lu. By the way, Tyreke has 20/15 vision! Evans also spent some time answering a handful of questions for the VSP Blog …
What’s your favorite part about hosting the basketball camp?
“Coming in and having fun with the kids. When we play knock-out, they get excited and want to beat me. I took my first loss today, so I’m looking for the kid for a rematch.”
Is there a funny moment you’ve had with the kids?
“One of the kids said he wanted to play on the Kings. The kid that beat me in knock-out wanted to take Isaiah’s (Thomas) spot.”
What do you enjoy most about teaching basketball to kids?
“Just spending time with them and showing them little things about basketball. Some of them just want to play. But there’s a few that start early, play AAU basketball and have an understanding of it. We’re showing fundamentals like three-on-three and ball handling drills, so they’re learning new skill sets.”
What is your favorite basketball memory from childhood?
“My favorite memory is when I was 14 and won a national championship. I was playing with the Reebok Raiders, an AAU team, in Florida. It was a fun experience. Nobody knew us as a team. The coach kept saying we were joking around too much and having too much fun. We told coach we were going to win, and that’s what we did. We took it one game at a time.”
What is the main part of the camp that you’d like the kids to remember?
“I know a lot of those kids are big fans and watch a lot of basketball. I just want them to remember coming to the camp. It’s just a blessing to see those kids smiling and having a good time.”
What are some of the things that stand out about the camp and some of the benefits?
“VSP helps sponsor the camp to give the kids an opportunity to have fun and get free eye exams. They get to work on vision and basketball at the same time. I think that’s great, because some kids don’t get eye exams every year.”
WATCH: Camp highlights:
Special thanks to Positive Coaching Alliance for all of their help and support during the camp.