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Free summer basketball camp to teach kids and parents about the dangers of drugs

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Operation UNITE will be holding a free summer camp in Bath County on June 20.

Officials said the Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp is a way for school-aged children to get active while learning about the risks of drug use.

Coalition Coordinator with Operation UNITE, Cynthia Bohon, said the program is free to attend and comes with additional perks as well.

“Begins at 4 p.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. Preregistration is not required. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt, basketball, and be entered into a drawing for two portable basketball goals that will be given away at the end of camp,” said Bohon.

Bohon said the main goal of the camp is to let kids have fun playing basketball for a day, and hopefully kids and parents will come away with knowledge about the dangers of drug use.

“The kids get to come out and do an activity that keeps them excited about summer and they get to see that people care. We also tell them about all of our activities that we have all year round, our UNITE clubs, and we talk about camp UNITE. So, it’s, it’s informative for them but it’s also a day for them to just go out and have fun,” said Bohon.

The camp is led by former University of Kentucky point guard Jarrod Polson, and parents will be invited to attend a presentation about the dangers of drug use while the kids are learning basketball fundamentals.