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Joseph Blair holds annual basketball camp

Posted: 9:56 PM, Jun 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-11 03:56:40Z
Where else in town can you find a large crowd of kids, Mayor Rothschild, Tucson Police Department officers and a few of Arizona Basketball's best players?
 
Only at Joseph Blair's 16th annual Blair Charity Group Arizona Basketball Academy Camp. 
 
"We went from a small gym and now have 3 full courts, we can add 20 more kids than we've ever had," Blair says.
 
The camps, which are free to local kids, has new faces and features each year.  
 
Mayor Rothschild gave a speech to the young basketball campers and also played a free throw game with a young player.
 
"I can tell he's been working on his jumpshot," Blair laughs.
 
The former UA and professional basketball player also invited two Tucson Police Department officers to meet the kids.
 
"For these kids, especially some of these kids, they need to understand the police are here to support them, nurture them, and help them get to where they want to be."
 
Arizona basketball players like Allonzo Trier, Duscan Ristic, Ray Smith, and Parker Jackson-Cartwright also helped coach the young players.
 
"A lot of them were really excited and came up to me and wanted to take photos, but I'm not worried about them wanting to know me as a basketball player.  I want them to know I'm their friend too. I want them to know me as a person," Arizona sophomore Trier says.
 
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