Brandon Bass hosts annual basketball camps and back to school giveaway

BATON ROUGE, LA — Boston Celtics Forward and LSU standout Brandon Bass will host a series of basketball camps for boys and girls in the Baton Rouge, Morganza, and Port Allen areas, as well as a back to school giveaway and fun day in the park in Baton Rouge. The Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation will host the basketball camps from August 1-3 at various locations followed by the community event on August 3 at the BREC Progress Park.

Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation Basketball Camps:

Thursday, August 1, 2013 9am-12pm
Pointe Coupee Central High School
8434 Pointe Coupee Rd Morganza, LA 70759

Friday, August 2, 2013 9am-12pm
Devall Middle School
11851 North River Road Port Allen, LA 70767

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Camp 9am-12pm
Capital High School
1000 N. 23rd Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Back to School Giveaway 3-6pm
BREC Progress Park
2680 Progress Road Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Each basketball camp is free and open to a limited number of kids. The foundation will provide each participant with tools to be become a better player, as well as encourage a deeper respect for the game of basketball. Kids will also receive a camp T-shirt and personal photograph of Bass.

Bass said, “It is a blessing to provide these young kids with the opportunity to learn not only basketball skills, but also life skills.”

Saturday’s camp will be followed by a back to school giveaway at the BREC Progress Park starting at 3pm. Guests can look forward to book bags full of school essentials, inflatables, music, snowballs and food.
Bass said, “I have been surrounded by great people and this is my chance to come back where I was raised and pass on the tools that I have learned along the way.”

To register for the basketball camps email sevetri@sgicares.com or call 225.330.4924. The back to school giveaway is free and open to the public. Students must be present to receive a book bag.

The Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2008. The mission of the Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation is to provide a diverse range of programs and activities designed to encourage and enhance the lives of underprivileged youth in disadvantaged communities. The mission is supported by donations from individuals, corporations, grants, and fundraising.

For media inquiries contact Sevetri Wilson at 985.507.2805 or by email at sevetri@sgicares.com. If you have any questions regarding the Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation, volunteerism opportunities, or other sponsorship opportunities

Bass learning to swim at 28

Though his team may soon be dropping to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass would prefer not to do the same at the local pool. So at the age of 28, the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Bass is finally learning to swim.

According to the Boston Globe, Bass has been volunteering his time lately to help children conquer their fear of the water, but really, the exercise is as much for him as it is for them.

“My son’s the first one in the family to learn how to swim,” Bass told the Globe. “If you threw me out in the ocean, I would drown.”

On Friday, Bass took his first lesson, along with 10 kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Boston at the Boston Sports Club swimming pool in Waltham, Mass.

In its report, the Globe cites the USA Swimming Foundation, which says 70 percent of black children, 60 percent of Hispanic children and 40 percent of white children don’t know how to swim. The group also notes that drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14.

Bass, a native of Baton Rouge, La., grew up without a place to swim, according to the Globe, and the drowning death of a neighbor has haunted him since his childhood.

These days, Bass owns an offseason lake home with a pool in Orlando, Fla., and uses a Jet Ski with his son, 6-year-old Brandon, Jr., whom he says “swims like a bass fish.” Additionally, his 20-month-old daughter, Bella, can already float.

Now hopefully Bass will soon be able to do the same.

“Even if you don’t want to swim,” Bass told the Globe, “it’s important to learn in case you need to.”

Brandon Bass hosting annual basketball camp and back-to-school giveaway

When he’s not busy giving away valuable possessions during the regular season with ill-advised decisions, Brandon Bass spends his summers giving away prizes and lessons to the boys and girls in Baton Rouge, LA.

Since 2008, the Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation has been hosting a series of basketball camps in the area. This year, the camps will take place during August 1-3 at various locations.

The camps will not only focus on teaching kids the fundamentals of basketball but it will also help them gain a better respect for the game. T-shirts and a photo with Bass will be provided to the participants

While space is limited, each camp is free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Pointe Coupee Central High School
8434 Pointe Coupee Rd
Morganza, LA 70759

Friday, August 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Devall Middle School
11851 North River Road
Port Allen, LA 70767

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Capital High School
1000 N. 23rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Back to School Giveaway 3:00-6:00 p.m.

BREC Progress Park
2680 Progress Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

It’s always nice to see players give back to the areas they grew up in—Bass is a Baton Rouge native. It’s especially nice when these camps come at no cost to the public.

“It’s a blessing to provide these young kids with the opportunity to learn not only basketball skills, but life skills,” Bass told NBC 33’s Matt Boudreaux. “I’ve been surrounded by great people and this is my chance to come back where I was raised and pass on the tools that I have learned along the way.”

Way to go, Bass.

Former LSU Tiger Brandon Bass to host ‘All Star Weekend’ in Baton Rouge

July 28, 2010 (BATON ROUGE) – Former LSU Tiger Basketball star Brandon Bass, who now plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, will host the first “Brandon Bass All Star Weekend Takeover, July 30-Aug. 1 in Baton Rouge.

The event will support “The Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation,” to provide school supplies, backpacks, and college financial assistance for the 2010-2011 school year to help under-privileged students within the Baton Rouge area.

The weekend starts on July 30 with the Bass All Star Concert with Grammy award winning artist Monica at 8 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center. On July 31 at 2:00pm p.m., Bass along with several of his celebrity friends will host the Celebrity Bowling Battle at All-Star Lanes with a 9 p.m. Red Carpet Celebrity After Party at the Lyceum Ballroom. The event concludes on Aug. 1 with a Celebrity Brunch at 10:30 a.m. at the Belle Hotel of Baton Rouge.

Brandon hopes that this weekend of events will not only bring family fun entertainment to Baton Rouge but will also be an instrumental tool to assist and inspire under-privileged youth within his own community of Baton Rouge. His passion for reaching back into lives of youth in disadvantaged communities comes from his heart and experience of growing up in similar environment himself, and he realizes had there been similar events and/or opportunities during his childhood that maybe more of his peers would have been inspired to reach for their dreams too because Brandon truly cares about the youth of today and believes they are theleaders for tomorrow.

For further information on the event and the Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation go to Bass’ official web site: www.BrandonBass30.com or to confirm your media credentials, please contact Linda Luna at linda@brandonbass30.com