North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Co-ops put ‘Fun’ in Fundamentals in Educational, Athletic Opportunities for Middle School Youth

Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives are partnering with North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to offer educational and athletic opportunities for rising sixth through eighth graders this summer.

Middle school students statewide are encouraged to apply for 50 all-expense paid scholarships to attend basketball camp: boys may apply for the Roy Williams camp at UNC-Chapel Hill and girls may apply for the Kay Yow camp at NC State University.

“We have awarded these scholarships to deserving students since 2004 and we are thrilled to continue this summer tradition,” said Jane Pritchard, director of corporate communications for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. “Camp leaders will work closely with each camper to develop skills that will benefit the young athletes on and off the court.”

Kay Yow, coach of the Wolfpack women’s basketball team, and Roy Williams, coach of the 2005 national champion Carolina Tar Heel men’s basketball team, will each instruct campers with the help of staff and current players. Not only does the program allow North Carolina middle school students to spend time on a college campus, it also gives them the opportunity to receive individual and group instruction from two successful collegiate coaches to enhance their basketball skills.

Applications for both camps will be accepted from January through March 28, 2008.  Winners will be announced on May 1.

Recipients of the Touchstone Energy Kay Yow Basketball Camp scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Raleigh from June 22-26, 2008. Recipients of the Touchstone Energy Roy Williams Basketball Camp scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Chapel Hill from June 21-25, 2008.  Campers must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp.

Applicants will be judged on their academic records, extra-curricular activities and an essay that must be submitted with the application.

Eligible students who are interested in the scholarship should contact their local electric cooperative or Tonya Howard at 1-800-662-8835, extension 3081 or via e-mail at Students can download applications at

For more information on the Kay Yow Basketball Camp visit  For details about the Roy Williams Basketball Camp visit

The Touchstone Energy Sports Camp program provides a unique educational and athletic opportunity for our state’s youth. The scholarships reflect Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community.

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