Glades-area teenagers selected to attend BB All-Star Camp

Seven Glades-area students are about to embark on the opportunity of a lifetime.

Samori’a Curry (junior, Pahokee High School), Patriana Vickers (junior, Glades Central High School) and Linnaijah Brown (senior, Glades Central High School) were selected by a group of former NBA players to participate in a girl’s All-Star camp in Paterson, New Jersey from Aug. 6 through the 10th.

Jairi Williams (junior, Pahokee High School), Jeremiah Williams (sophomore, Pahokee High School), James Freeman III (sophomore, Pahokee High School) and Tarquin Rhett (senior, Glades Central High School) were selected by the same group of former NBA players to participate in a boys’ All-Star camp in Paterson, N.J., from Aug. 13 through the 17th.

The girls will be accompanied by Carla Starling, PBSO Corrections Support. The boys will be accompanied by Glades Central High School basketball coach Kenneth Torrence (“Coach T”) who is also a PBSO deputy.

All of the travel expenses will be covered by the Palm Beach County Police Athletic League and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation.

In June, the Ball Stars Youth Camp made a stop at Glades Central High School and, with the help of PBSO, ran a program for 350 kids. Ball Stars is led by former NBA All-Stars Otis Birdsong and Micheal Ray Richardson. Besides basketball, the camp promotes teamwork, leadership and respect, and teaches the kids life skills.

During the Belle Glade camp, these seven youngsters really shined and were invited to join other select kids from around the country at the All-Star camp in New Jersey.

The Palm Beach County Police Athletic League is a nonprofit, charitable organization that builds partnerships between youth, law enforcement and the community through recreational and educational programs designed to encourage, enhance and develop good citizenship and improve the quality of life in Palm Beach County. For more information, please visit www.PBCPAL.org.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that positively impacts the community served by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office by helping underprivileged children, enhancing public safety and assisting deputies in need. For more information, please visit www.PBCSF.org.

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