As the first days of summer rolled in high temperatures for Sacramento, young athletes filled the Sac High gym in excitement for the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Basketball Camp. Cooled with portable AC units, the gym was filled with sounds of running fans and sneakers grazing the gym floor as kids aged 7-16 ran through drills with their coaches, including NBA All-Star and Olympian DeMarcus Cousins, who started his professional basketball career in Sacramento and hosts the camp series for kids in need.
In addition to addressing the young athletes’ form on the court, participants and their families received access to eye exams at no cost on board the VSP Global Eyes of Hope mobile eye care clinic. Volunteer VSP network doctors examined 44 patients on site; nearly all of them were prescribed glasses. Another 27 people in need received Eyes of Hope gift certificates to visit a local VSP network doctor for the same no-cost services.
This is the third consecutive year VSP Global Eyes of Hope has partnered with VSP network doctors and Cousins to ensure young athletes can see well, setting them up for success both on the court and in the classroom. Since 2015, the partnership has helped connect more than 900 people in need with a local VSP network doctor. Cousins was recently honored for his dedication to community with a NBA Cares Community Assist Award.
Take a look at highlights from the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Basketball Camp.