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Published 8/18/2004

Former NBA Player and Detroit Pistons Broadcaster Addresses Young Athletes At Owens Basketball Camp

Stressing the importance of education and always giving your best effort were among the main topics by former NBA player, Greg Kelser when he recently spoke to more than 150 boys and girls at Owens Community College. Kelser's appearance was the culmination to a weeklong Detroit Pistons and Shock 2004 Youth Basketball Training Camp occurring at the College's Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus.

"I'm here today because of my college education," Kelser, a six-year NBA veteran, said. "Always strive to do the best you can, whether it's on the court or in the classroom. Taking your education serious will allow you to make your goals obtainable."

Following his talk, the NBA great signed autographs and welcomed photo sessions for camp participants and those area residents in attendance.

"Mr. Kelser's visit to Owens added a special touch to this year's camp," said Michael Rickard, Owens Coordinator of Student Enrichment and Athletics. "Emphasizing the essentials of education, he offered very valuable advice to the participants."

Kelser's basketball career includes helping lead Michigan State University to the NCAA National Championship in 1979. In the NBA, he played for the Detroit Pistons, Seattle SuperSonics, San Diego (now Los Angeles) Clippers and Indiana Pacers before a knee injury ended his six-year career. Kelser averaged 9.7 points per game and currently is a television analyst for the Pistons on FOX Sports Net.

"Our relationship with Owens Community College 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 Owens 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 eight years more than 11,000 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 Ohio with 28 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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, Fine and Performing Arts, 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.


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