MT men's hoops closes out summer giving back

The Blue Raiders wrapped up the summer with two community service projects.

August 30, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's basketball team wrapped up its summer break with a pair of community service projects as players and coaches spent time with local kids.

The Blue Raiders teamed up with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at the end of July to put on a basketball clinic for underprivileged youth. This was the organization's 22nd annual Terry Looper Basketball Camp. The event was open to boys and girls ages seven to 17. The camp was a basketball skills clinic for the kids and gave them an opportunity to meet the MT players.

"Community service is a great part of our culture here at Middle Tennessee and our players have always done such an outstanding job in the community," said head coach Kermit Davis.

In August, MT partnered with Special Kids to assist with the nonprofit organization's Camp Ability. The Blue Raiders set up activity stations and worked with special needs children at a Murfreesboro church gymnasium. After helping the campers shoot hoops, the team was on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos.

"We had a great summer; it was very rewarding," Davis said. "The Omega Basketball Clinic at Patterson Park and our Special Kids involvement with Camp Abilities at North Boulevard Church of Christ were great events and our players and assistant coaches have done such a terrific job working with all those young people."

Camp Ability of Special Kids is a Christian summer day camp for children with special needs ages six to 25. Camp is designed to allow children with special needs to participate in an interactive, social and just plain fun environment during the months of June and July each year. For more information about Special Kids and Camp Ability visit www.specialkidstn.com.

View the full photo gallery from the Blue Raiders' summer service projects here.

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