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Kids Basketball Camps Helps Charity

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The dream of an eight-year-old boy has turned into a month of fun for local pre-scholars - and a nice donation to a local charity.

Jim Olson reports on Camp JACK - a basketball camp for the littlest players, that has a big mission.

They have the same desires as any basketball players - they want to dribble, shoot, and score just like the big boys and girls.

It's just that they have a lot to learn. And what better time to start learning than age 3, or 4, or 5?

(Darren Groninger) "They are picking up on little things and having a good time so I guess that's what it's all about."

That's Darren Groninger - and you might think he's in charge of this basketball camp for pre-schoolers. But you'd be wrong.

(Joshua Groninger, Camp Organizer) "OK now for the last five minutes..."

This is son Joshua's baby.

(Joshua Groninger, Camp Organizer) "...you can dribble around or shoot or anything."

You see, 8-year-old Joshua had asked his parents' permission to have a little camp for younger kids in the neighborhood. His parents agreed, so long as Joshua found a way to turn it into a way to help a local charity of his choice.

(Joshua Groninger, Camp Organizer) "It's just something nice to do for other people and I think other people need the money more than we do."

So Joshua set about looking for partners to help him realize his dream of hosting a camp JACK - that's Joshua's Athletic Camp for Kids.

(Joshua Groninger, Camp Organizer) "We had to talk to a lot of businesses - Scheel's donated the balls and Stevick Business Forms donated the T-shirts, and Dakota Hope Clinic - that's where the money is going to."

The camp turned into something more than just a neighborhood event. As 30 kids signed up.

Dakota Hope Clinic has already received a check for $550 from Joshua - representing all of the proceeds of this one-month camp.

(Darren Groninger) "It's awesome!"

But how about the actual basketball training? Friends and relatives donated time to coach the various learning stations set up inside Edison's gymnasium. And they turned the sessions into something Joshua says he would have loved back when he was a kid.

(Joshua Groninger, Camp Organizer) "It would have been nice to learn things a little earlier."

But it seems he has learned plenty about basketball - and life - at the age of eight.

At Edison Elementary, Jim Olson, KX News.

By the way, the last thing all the preschool campers get at each week's session is a stamp for the back of their hand - something that seemed just about as popular as the basketball training.

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