Unified Hoop Camp brings NBA stars to Beaverton

NBA stars Ross and Jones to share knowledge at Hoop Camp

Nearly 200 participants are at Unified Hoop Camp in Beaverton, Aug. 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Nearly 200 participants are at Unified Hoop Camp in Beaverton, Aug. 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Kids and adults with special needs are the center of attention and surrounded by teamwork at Hoop Camp.

The twist on this hoop camp, though, is that it’s unified. They bring in kids without special needs to run, jump and work alongside those who might need a little extra coaching and encouragement.

“My favorite part of the event is just hanging out with the kids,” said Hoop Camp director Steve Garrity. “These guys are my friends and it’s just nice to see them every year.”

Terrence Jones shown at a Rockets practice on in Houston, June 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Terrence Jones shown at a Rockets practice on in Houston, June 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Athletes who picked up basketball skills at Hoop Camp have gone on to win gold medals at the Special Olympics.

Over 21 years of Hoop Camp, about 25,000 volunteer hours have made the camp truly special.

On Friday, Terrence Jones of the Houston Rockets will volunteer, then on Saturday, NBA slam dunk champion Terrence Ross will be at the camp.

The two Terrences are former Jefferson High School teammates and will share their knowledge with the 200 participants at Hoop Camp.

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