Campers show up to work with UA players

Published 3:13 pm Saturday, July 9, 2011

University of Alabama basketball player Trevor Releford, left, works participants in the Sarrell Dental Basketball Camp through a drill Saturday.

For a city where football and baseball reign as the unquestioned most popular sports, Clanton sure seemed a basketball hotspot Saturday.

More than 100 school age players showed up at the Chilton County High School gymnasium for the Sarrell Dental Basketball Camp, featuring several University of Alabama stars.

“The economy is terrible; everybody is hurting for money,” said Jeffrey Parker, CEO of Sarrell Dental, which has an office in Clanton. “So what better thing to do than give kids an opportunity to come out and see the finest basketball players the state has to offer—and let them do it for free?”

Clanton residents proved eager for the opportunity, as the crowd of 113 participants was the largest for a Sarrell camp.

Sarrell is a non-profit organization that provides dental care to underserved children, those with Medicaid and ALL-Kids insurance.

Boys and girls ages 8-18 were grouped according to age and then rotated among stations manned by UA players, including JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell and Trevor Releford.

A different skill was taught at each station.

Green said the experience is a good one for current Crimson Tide players as well as aspiring ones.

“When we get a chance, it’s neat to get out and see all the people that support you,” Green said. “I know a lot of kids look up to us, and it’s nice to be able to give back.”