ST. CLOUD -- A group of St. Cloud kids are creating memories and learning life lessons through the sport of basketball with the help of an NBA player.

Chaska native and NBA journeyman Kris Humphries held a basketball camp at the Southside Boys and Girls Club Friday. Humphries says the St. Cloud area holds many family ties.

"My mom is from up here. My grandpa was instrumental in starting the Boys and Girls Club up here, so this is kinda in his memory which is pretty cool."

Throughout the camp kids participated in classroom style activities, soccer, obstacle courses and enjoyed a little time on the basketball court.

"Out of all the camps I do these are like the most athletic, talented kids usually so it's fun to get up here."

This is one of many youth basketball camps Humphries has hosted since beginning his foundation about 10-years ago.

He says camps like this is all about learning how to become a well-rounded individual

"One of the things I talk about is the ability to understand if you're doing what it takes to become successful. Whether that's basketball, school, whatever it may be. You have to be honest with yourself."

Humphries played college basketball at the University of Minnesota before being drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2004. The 13-year pro spent this past season with the Atlanta Hawks.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

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