North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Co-ops, Coach Roy Williams and Coach Kellie Harper team up to benefit state’s youth

Raleigh, N.C. —The deadline is quickly approaching for middle-school students to apply for an all-expense paid scholarship from North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives to attend summer basketball camps at two of the state’s largest universities.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are awarding more than 50 Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships to students across the state this year.  Young men can apply to attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp June 15-19 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and young ladies can win a scholarship to attend the Kellie Harper Women’s Basketball Academy Aug. 1-4 at N.C. State University in Raleigh. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 30.

“These scholarships are a fantastic way for young athletes to experience life on a college campus and learn from mentors at their favorite NCAA athletic programs,” said Lindsey Listrom, a coordinator of the Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program.  “We’re proud to continue the tradition of providing this opportunity for outstanding students to develop skills that will help them excel on and off the court.”

At camp, students will work directly with the players and coaches to learn basketball skills and about leadership and teamwork. Coach Roy Williams, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame, has led the Tar Heels to two NCAA championships and two ACC tournament crowns. Coach Kellie Harper is in her fourth season with the Wolfpack women and boasts six postseason appearances during her eight years as a head coach.

To apply, students must be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade during the 2013-2014 school year. Applicants must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend the overnight camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp if selected to attend.

Applications and more information on the scholarships can be found at or by contacting Lindsey Listrom at (800) 662-8835. Applicants will be judged on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay. Winners are expected to be notified by May 1.

The Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships provide a one-of-a-kind educational and athletic opportunity to our state’s youth and reflect Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people across North Carolina in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.