SAUK RAPIDS - Former Minnesota Timberwolf Christian Laettner held a basketball camp for kids at Mississippi Heights Elementary School in Sauk Rapids Sunday afternoon.

The Hall-of-Famer says he enjoys being able to give back to the game that gave him so much.

"I love trying to teach them a few things that coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) taught me. It's all things that I love and all things that I am proud of and all things that I really, really like to do."

While the camps are mainly to help youth basketball players, Storm basketball coach Megan Foley says she picked up a few tips from Laettner as well.

"I got some good drills and just some good progressions of things that we do and now we can add to them."

Laettner holds his basketball academies around the country. He says there is a specific set of skills he works on with young basketball players.

"So many of these kids today when the ball is coming at them they are catching it with one hand. Tonight hopefully, when they sit at the dinner table with their parents and the parents ask them what did Laettner teach you? Hopefully they will remember that [he] taught me to catch the ball with two hands."

Laettner is also known as one of the greatest college basketball players of all-time when he played for Duke. He was also a member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team that included other basketball great like Micheal Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

A portion of the proceeds from the basketball camp is going to the St. Cloud State University Hockey Cheerleading Team.


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