Sunday, November 19, 2017
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 28, 2011


(Los Angeles, CA) “This was the greatest week of my life” exclaimed a camp participant as she walked off the court on the last day of the 2010 Books and Basketball Camp.  “May I come back next year?” 

Now, a year has passed and the African American Unity Center, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the EXPO Center, and other community partners are once again joining forces with the Brotherhood Crusade and several NBA retired players in hosting the 7th Annual Brotherhood Crusade Jim Cleamons Books and Basketball Camp.  This year, the camp will take place the week of August 8-12, 2011 at the EXPO Center located at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane (formerly Menlo Avenue), Los Angeles, California 90037.

Youth interested in enrolling and participating in the 2011 Books and Basketball Camp must contact Ms. Maybelline SaintJulian at (323) 846-1649 and complete an application prior to August 3, 2011.  

The Books and Basketball Camp is a life-changing event that provides 100 9-15 year old youth with an opportunity to engage in a dream experience that teaches fascinating principles of math and science, financial education, social and personal life skills development, health and nutrition, chess, etiquette, and of course, basketball.  Each year the camp is honored to have an incredible line-up of keynote speakers and guests in addition to its cadre of former NBA players.  These guests have included recording artist and actor Romeo, Trevor Ariza, Laker legend A.C. Green, Master P., Three-Point Contest record holder Craig Hodges, actor Brian White, actress Wendy Racquel Robinson, actor and producer William Allen Young, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Councilman Bernard Parks, Senator Rod Wright, Councilwoman Jan Perry, NFL’s Fastest Man Ron Brown, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Lynette Woodard and USC Hall of Fame inductee Sam “Bam” Cunningham.       

“It’s the Network!!!” said ABA/NBA legend and camp co-founder James Jones.  “I know it sounds like a cliché, but Brotherhood Crusade has assembled strong and dedicated community partners like Verizon, Nielsen, Southwest Airlines, Microsoft, The California Endowment, Comerica, Fuserna, Nestle, Weingart Foundation, US Soccer Foundation, NBC4, Leon Lowenstein Foundation, The Gas Company, Wells Fargo, Southern California Edison, Northrop Grumman, the Los Angeles Sentinel, Bank of America, Union Bank, Northern Trust, the United States Tennis Association, the Southern California Tennis Association, American Honda, Mattel, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Toyota, the EXPO Center, and the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development to help provide resources to meet the unmet needs of the community.”

“I am honored to have such strong and committed partners” said Bremond.  “Our corporate partners raise the bar when it comes to corporate philanthropy.  Their commitment is evident from the moment you meet any of their representatives.”
The Brotherhood Crusade is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution founded in 1968 to provide necessary resources, program services and a voice of advocacy to traditionally underserved communities. Their mission is to remove and/or help individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life, by promoting health and wellness, enhancing educational opportunities, cultivating economic growth and building community agencies and institutions.  If you would like to make a contribution to the Brotherhood Crusade, please send your tax-deductible gift to:

Brotherhood Crusade
200 East Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 846-1649

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