Zaniyah Holland of East Garner Middle School in Garner, NC attended the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University, and Austin Robinson of Smithfield Middle School in Smithfield, N.C. attended the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both through a program sponsored by Wake Electric. Zaniyah is the daughter of Barbara Cawley and Austin is the son of James and Debbie Robinson.
“Wake Electric is pleased to give these outstanding students the opportunity to experience life on a college campus and learn from NCAA coaches and student-athletes,” said Jim Mangum, general manager and CEO at Wake Electric. “These camps teach valuable lessons that students can apply in their lives both on and off the court.”
Holland and Robinson were selected by a panel of judges based on an application that included academic achievements, extracurricular activities, an essay and a short-answer question.
At the overnight camps, students stayed in dorms and soaked up lessons on the hardwoods from the collegiate coaching staffs and student-athletes. Leading the N.C. State women’s camp was head coach Wes Moore, who joined the Wolfpack women in 2013 after 15 seasons at Chattanooga, his coaching staff, and current and former N.C. State women’s basketball players. The Roy Williams camp was led by two-time NCAA national championship coach Roy Williams, his staff, and current and past Tar Heel basketball players. Coaches at both camps worked closely with each camper to develop fundamental basketball skills and practiced playing hard while working cooperatively.
The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp was held June 14-17 in Raleigh, and the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp was held June 20-24 in Chapel Hill.
The all-expense paid scholarships, sponsored by North Carolina’s 26 Touchstone Energy cooperatives across the state, provided funding for more than 50 middle-school students from across North Carolina to attend basketball camp. This is the 11th year that Touchstone Energy has awarded young women scholarships to attend an N.C. State women’s basketball camp and the ninth year that the cooperatives have sent young men to the Roy Williams camp.
Touchstone Energy is a national alliance of more than 700 local, member-owned electric cooperatives that do business with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program is part of the electric cooperatives’ ongoing commitment to local communities in North Carolina.
For more information on the basketball camps, visit https://wemc.com/basketball/.