DeMarcus teamed up with VSP Global to host his 4th annual Elite Skills Basketball Camp in Sacramento, CA. The camp was held at Sacramento High School and gave the opportunity to 200 under-privileged youth to attend the camp free of charge. Boogie will be hosting another free basketball camp with VSP in his home town of Mobile, Alabama later on in September. Each kid also got to go home with a picture with DeMarcus, an autographed poster, Nike Vision sunglasses, Shockdoctor mouth guard, Skullcandy headphones, and more!
The camp attracted the likes of new Sacramento Kings Coach Dave Joerger and Sacramento native and Memphis Grizzly Matt Barnes who both spoke to the campers about the importance of hard work, listening to your coaches, and the importance of education. Coach Joerger even joked with the kids and asked about how he should coach DMC next season. “Should DeMarcus be able to shoot 3’s next season?” Joerger asked the kids. “Ok. How about I let DeMarcus shoot as many 3’s as he gets blocks. If he gets 3 blocks, he can shoot 3!”
VSP’s 45’ ft. mobile clinic was also on display and open throughout the camp offering comprehensive eye exams and free eye glasses to all those who needed them.
“At VSP Global our mission is helping people see so we want to provide access to as much high quality affordable eye care to as many people in the world we can.” said Jim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care. “We do it through events like the Demarcus Cousins Cousins Camp. This camp is a tremendous event where its free to the kids attending and we provide eye exams and eye glasses to anyone to requires it. At the end of the day it’s all about helping people see.”
“I’m excited about the partnership with VSP again this summer to help children in Sacramento,” said DeMarcus Cousins. “Seeing clearly is critical to kids and professional basketball players alike, on and off the court. This is a great opportunity to provide much needed care to kids in need, while helping them build their skills.” said DeMarcus Cousins. “Me growing up I wish I would have had a chance to interact with an NBA player. This is just my way of giving back to them.”
DeMarcus closed out camp Thursday by presenting a Sacramento High School staffer, Jairon Jackson, and VSP Global President Jim McGrann each a community assist award for their dedication to assisting the local community in Oak Park. Sacramento High School and St. Hope Public Schools presented DeMarcus with a “Community MVP” award for his dedication to helping the local community in Sacramento.