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Former NBA Player Addresses Young Athletes At Owens Community College Basketball Camp
Stressing the importance of a college education and always giving your best effort were among the main topics by a former NBA player, Rick Mahorn, when he recently spoke to more than 100 boys and girls at Owens Community College. Mahorn's appearance was the culmination to a weeklong Detroit Pistons and Shock 2003 Youth Basketball Training Camp occurring at the College's Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus.
"As young athletes it's important to continuously use your academic and athletic talents as positive attributes to further your education," Mahorn, an 18-year NBA veteran, said. "Hard work both on and off the court will provide you with a wide range of opportunities to attend college."
Following his talk, the NBA great signed autographs and welcomed photo sessions for camp participants and those area residents in attendance.
"Mr. Mahorn's visit to Owens added a special touch to this year's camp," said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. "Emphasizing the essentials of education, he offered very valuable advice to the participants."
Mahorn enjoyed a successful playing career earning two NBA Championship rings with the Pistons. He also played for the Washington Bullets (now Wizards), the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.
"Our relationship with Owens Community College, Warner Brothers Channel 5 and the Toledo-area is one that we value to a large extent," said Steve Moreland, Director of the Youth Basketball Training Camp for the Detroit Pistons and Shock. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with both organizations and providing summer basketball programs to area residents in the future."
Camp instructors for the four-day event included Detroit Pistons and Shock officials and players, as well as Michigan college and high school coaches and current and former collegiate basketball superstars. The young athletes received instruction on basketball skills, which included ball handling, passing, shooting, defense and rebounding. Participants also were evaluated on their skill level and competed in games and a variety of contests.
During the past six years more than 9,000 boys and girls have attended the Detroit Pistons and Shock Training Camp Tour occurring throughout Ohio and Michigan.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.