Up North: Timberwolves & Lynx inspire youth in Duluth camp

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx Academy held their Youth Hoops Camp at the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) Monday through Wednesday teaching young athletes not only about the sport of basketball, but also life lessons.

“Any time you get to teach the game of basketball to kids and teach life lessons that’s what it’s more about. It is more about life lessons than the basketball pieces, and anytime you can do that and inspire kids that’s what it’s all about,” said Basketball Academy Manager DJ Peterson.

“That is how it all got started I loved camp as a kid going to my local high school camps. Going to the youth and Timberwolves camps, so I remember coming to these camps as a kid. Anytime you get to come to a camp like this it’s special,” added Peterson.

Put on by Starks Academy, the camp welcomed over 30 kids from grades 3-8 to join in on the fun.

“It’s pretty cool because the Timberwolves are my favorite team. We are going to do really good this year and win a championship,” claimed camper Theo Villeneuve.

“The kids really enjoy it, and then they get to go to the Timberwolves games so they really enjoy that. It’s just a really fun experience for them,” said Ramona Helmer, parent of a camper. 

One of the underlying goals of the camp however, was keeping the aspirations to play pro ball alive in these budding stars.

“We just felt like Duluth was a good territory to reach. There is kids up here that love basketball and if we can keep inspiring their dream that’s what we are here to do,” concluded Peterson.