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NBA center is leading free Greater Valley YMCA youth basketball clinics

July 14, 2021 at 3:41 PM

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Fresh off a run at the NBA championship, Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter is coming to the Lehigh Valley to lead two free youth basketball clinics, organizers said Wednesday.

The Greater Valley YMCA said it is hosting the clinics in partnership with the Chestnut Retreat Center and Lehigh Dialogue Center on Monday, July 19. Each lasting about 60 to 90 minutes, followed by time for autographs, photos and refreshments, they are scheduled 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Slate Belt Y in Pen Argyl and 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Allentown Y.

The clinics are open to children ages 8 to 18 years old. Those between the ages of 8 and 11 must have an adult present. Youth participants are encouraged to bring their own memorabilia, according to Wednesday’s announcement.


Featuring Lehigh University alumnus C.J. McCollum, Portland this year made the NBA postseason, falling in six games to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.


Kanter in 2011 was the third overall pick of the NBA draft, and he’s also played for the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.


“For a decade, Enes Kanter’s NBA career has taken him coast-to-coast and provided a platform for his courageous activism while also showcasing his basketball skill,” the Greater Valley YMCA said in a news release Wednesday. “His footwork is forceful but precise, his shots delicate, and his layered understanding of the game visible in every rebound he chases. Now, young people in northeast Pennsylvania have a chance to learn basketball directly from this acclaimed NBA player.”

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