The third annual Fred VanVleet Summer Camp kicked off at the UW Health Sports Factory in Downtown Rockford on Saturday. Naturally, with VanVleet adding “NBA Champion” to his resume, the amount of kids joining the camp increased quite a bit from years past.
VanVleet’s brother Darnell told us the camp’s numbers went from 100 kids signed up on Friday night, to 280 by Saturday morning. Kids in kindergarten through 12th grade had a chance to learn basketball skills and hang out with VanVleet; they even got to take photos with the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. Given his elite status, some of the kids were a bit nervous to talk to VanVleet but they said they were happy to find out he’s just a regular guy.”
“He’s nice,” 12-year-old Jaleese Williams said. ” He looks like a cool guy… He said if you have a dream, keep followin’ it.”
VanVleet said he loves seeing kids continue to come back to his camps, but with two kids of his own, he’s hoping they’ll soon be able to enjoy the camp alongside him.
“Hopefully soon,” VanVleet said. “I’m going to build a ticker on my son. My daughter, I don’t really care as much. She could do whatever she wants. She runs me, but my son is two months now, so he’s got about two years before I start getting on him.”
VanVleet’s Summer Camp goes through Sunday. It runs from 10AM to 3PM. Parents interested in signing up their kid(s) or anyone who wants to sponsor a child to attend the camp, still have time to register here.