Raleigh, N.C. —More than 50 students from across North Carolina attended basketball camp on two of North Carolina’s largest college campuses this summer, thanks to the Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program.
Twenty-six young men attended the five-day Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill June 16-20, and 26 young ladies spent June 24-27 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh for the Kellie Harper Basketball Academy. The scholarships are sponsored by North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives and are available to middle-school students every year.
“North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives are proud to continue our tradition of giving outstanding young people from across the state the chance to work with collegiate coaches and experience the thrill of playing on a college basketball court,” said Lindsey Listrom, community relations specialist for North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives. “These kids are truly exceptional students and community members, and we’re honored to reward their hard work with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Scholarship winners were selected based on their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and essays about their goals and why they would like to attend the camp.
Campers stayed overnight in dorms on campus and worked directly with the championship-winning coaches at the June camps. The Carolina camp was led by two-time ACC Coach of the Year Roy Williams and current and former Tar Heel players. The N.C. State camp was staffed by women’s head coach Kellie Harper and Wolfpack Women players. Staff at both camps worked with campers to set goals and develop fundamental skills that will help them excel both on and off the court.
This is the ninth year that the state’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives have sent young women to camp at N.C. State and the seventh year that the cooperatives have awarded scholarships to the Roy Williams camp.
North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve about 2.5 million people, primarily in rural areas of the state. Touchstone Energy® is a national alliance of more than 700 local, member-owned electric cooperatives in 46 states that do business with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.