North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Provide Students with Unforgettable Opportunity

Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives are providing deserving students from across the state the opportunity to attend prestigious N.C. basketball camps again this year. The scholarships are being offered to rising 6-8th grade females to attend the Kay Yow Basketball Camp at N.C. State University and to rising 6-8th grade males to attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will send more than 50 students to the camps in 2009.

“We are excited to continue our tradition of awarding these scholarships to outstanding students,” said Morgan Lashley, communications specialist for North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives.  “This program provides students with an unforgettable opportunity, allowing them to stay on a college campus for a week and receive basketball instruction from legendary collegiate coaches.”

Kay Yow, coach of the N.C. State women’s basketball team for the 33rd season, and Roy Williams, coach of the 2005 national champion Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team, will use the help of their staff and current players to conduct their camps.  Both camps will work closely with each camper to develop skills that will benefit the young athletes both on and off the court.

Applications for both camps will be accepted from January 5 through March 27, 2009. The winners of the scholarships will be announced by May 1.

Winners of the Touchstone Energy Kay Yow Basketball Camp Scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Raleigh, while winners of the Touchstone Energy Roy Williams Basketball Camp Scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Chapel Hill. N.C. State will host The Kay Yow Basketball Camp in mid-June with specific dates to be determined, and the Roy Williams Basketball Camp will be held June 21-25, 2009. Campers must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend the camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp.

Eligible students who are interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their local electric cooperative or Morgan Lashley at 1-800-662-8835 ext. 3214 or Students can download an application at Applicants will be judged on their academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay that must be submitted with the application. To learn more about the camps, visit or

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.