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    #1Goal1Passion Summer Basketball Camp


    Online Registration Opens Saturday for Camps in Lansing, Benton Harbor and Flint, Michigan

    FLINT, MI (June 12, 2014) – Aspiring athletes can test their shots and learn basic basketball and life skills this summer as Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, Meijer, will again present the Mateen Cleaves 1 Goal 1 Passion Summer Basketball Camps. The popular three-day camps will be open to the first 1,000 Michigan youth to sign up online beginning Saturday. Camps will be held in Benton Harbor, Lansing and Flint, and thanks to Meijer, participants will only pay $1.

    “We are thrilled to bring the 1 Goal, 1 Passion Summer Basketball camps back for a second year of fun and learning,” said Mateen Cleaves, a Fox Sports Detroit, Sirius XM and CBS Sports Analyst. “Last year, over 900 kids participated in the camps and in addition to basketball drills learned valuable lessons about nutrition, health, the environment, and character building skills that they were able to use throughout the year. With the support of Meijer, and our partner in making a difference in our community, the Boys & Girls Clubs, we hope to again offer a safe haven and a great experience to at-risk kids in communities across Michigan.”

    Launching in Benton Harbor, on July 22, this year’s camp will feature professional NBA athletes, including Michigan State University’s NCAA Champions Morris Peterson, Charlie Bell, Draymond Green and Antonio Smith, plus appearances by current and former players and coaches. In addition, health and nutrition experts will teach youth how to make healthy choices for their minds and bodies. The camps also offer goal setting sessions, self–esteem exercises, and promote environmental awareness in addition to core values, character development and basketball drills.

    The 1 Goal, 1 Passion summer basketball camps feature two sessions per day, targeting 8-12-year-olds from 9 a.m. to noon; and teens, 13 to 17 years old, from 1-4 p.m. Participating youth will be charged an entry fee of $1 for the three-day program.

    “The basketball camps were such a success last summer,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “We are pleased to partner with Mateen, once again, to give youth an opportunity to learn team skills and life lessons.”

    Online registration for the 1 Goal, 1 Passion camps will officially open at www.1goal1passion.com on Saturday for youth interested in participating in this year’s camp. Camps will be held in Benton Harbor, Mich., July 22-24; Lansing, Mich., July 29-31; and the final camp will be held in Mateen Cleaves’ hometown of Flint, Mich.August 5-7.

    For more information about the Mateen Cleaves 1 Goal, 1 Passion Summer Basketball Camps presented by Meijer, parents and youth can visit www.1goal1passion.com or contact organizers at (810)553-9217. To follow the 1 Goal, 1 Passion summer camps for tips, information and to participate in the conversation throughout the summer youth and parents can join in the fun on Twitter, Facebook , and YouTube.

    About Meijer
    Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 208 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at http://www.meijer.com/. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

    About The Boys & Girls Clubs
    For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

    About Mateen Cleaves
    A Flint, MI., native, 2000 Michigan State NCAA Champion and former NBA Piston, Mateen Cleaves is currently a sports analyst and commentator for Fox Sports Detroit’s coverage on “Pistons Live”, and the CBS Sports Network’s NCAA “Inside College Basketball”. In addition, he hosts SiriusXM Radio’s weekly sports talk shows “Inside College Basketball” and “NBA Today”. Cleaves, MSU’s only three-time All-American and a 2–time Big 10 Player of the Year for the Spartans was the 14th overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. During his seven-year NBA career he also played for the Sacramento Kings, Seattle Supersonics, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Inducted in the Michigan State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, Cleaves was also honored by the NCAA in 2013 as one of the top players in its 75-year history. He was officially inducted into the State of Michigan’s Sports Hall of Fame. A recognized philanthropist, Cleaves founded the Mateen Cleaves 1 Goal 1 Passion initiative, a non-profit effort geared to bettering Michigan neighborhoods and communities. Focused on youth, 1 Goal, 1 Passion provides the necessary tools, mentors and assistance to ensure success in education and sports with the ultimate goal of teaching critical life skills to area children. His good works were recently recognized with the “Community Hero Award” from the Boys & Girls Club of Flint. Follow Mateen Cleaves Twitter, Facebook.

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