WNBA player and Syracuse native, Breanna Stewart, hosted her first basketball camp at her alma mater Sunday afternoon. She visited North Syracuse Junior High School and gave some tips to nearly 300 kids.
“I knew I was going to be home for the holidays and I wanted to have a camp,” Stewart said.
Breanna calling together family, friends, and her old basketball coach to make this happen. Even though she’s in the big leagues now, many say she hasn’t changed since playing for C-NS.
“She’s as humble as can be. Anybody here can talk to her and have a conversation with her. There’s no ego about her. So it’s cool for her to come back and people to be able to interact with somebody that came out of our area,” said Eric Smith, Girls Basketball Coach at C-NS and Stewart’s old basketball coach.
The kids got to do drills with Stewart, take pictures with her and take a special T-Shirt home.
“She does a lot of great things for her community and she also inspires me to really work hard for the goals like I want to achieve,” said Cameron Sisk, an 11-year-old girl participating in the camp.
Eager athletes like Cameron got direct tips from Stewie. A one-on-one opportunity she never thought she’d get.
“It is really cool. I did not know I actually had a ticket so when I found out I was like screaming up and down,” Cameron said.
Though the camp is all fun and games, it’s the start of Breanna’s hope to make an impact both on and off the courts. The event’s proceeds going to Vera House in Syracuse, a place Breanna has an emotional tie with as a victim of sexual abuse. Her career giving her the opportunity to speak up about it.
“Our worlds are colliding now between sports and everything else that’s going on outside of that and kind of just using my voice for the people who don’t really have one,” Stewart said.
Kids from all over the state and neighboring states came to Syracuse for the camp. Some even traveling from the Carolinas to see “Stewie.”