Former NBA Player to open classes for youth


As a free agent in the 1996 NBA draft, Juaquin Hawkins’s contract put him under the play of Kobe Bryant, Nick Vam Exel and Shaquille O’Neal.

And in 2002, he eventually signed with the Houston Rockets.

Now, Hawks Hoops Camp—the organization founded by Hawkins — teaches the fundamentals of multiple sports that inspired Hawkins himself to reach for the professional.

Offering classes in basketball, baseball and soccer, as well as promoting healthy life styles through sports, Hawkins hopes to bring a different definition to winter break camps as his troops take over Chaves and Pan American Park.

The unisex basketball camp for a wide range – ages 8- to 14-years-old—will be taught by Hawkins himself.

Participants will work on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, footwork, as well as play competitive games, with prizes and awards as incentives.

First course of classes begins January 3, 2013 and runs through January 24, 2013; each class is one hour.  Second course runs from January 31, 2013 and runs through February 2, 2013; each class is one hour.

Despite being brought into the NBA in 1996, Hawkins played his first season in the NBA in 2002-2003 season for Rockets.

He appeared in 58 regular season games (10 games started), scoring 134 points (2.3 ppg), in 11.8 minutes of playing time.

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