Fifth annual ‘Fun Day’ tips off Saturday|Wilkins to conduct basketball camp

Published 1:48 am Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sports Editor

Damien Wilkins said after his first “Fun Day” that he wanted the event to get “bigger and better” with each passing year.
Wilkins, an NBA veteran who played last year with the Oklahoma City Thunder, has been pleased with the progress. The Washington native will be hoping for the best “Fun Day” yet when he hosts his fifth annual event on Saturday.
The event, which will be held at the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center (the old John Small Elementary School), 820 N. Bridge St., gives people in the community a chance to gather, have some food and mingle with the NBA player.
It also offers community members a chance to show off any special talents they may have in the second “Show Me What You Got” competition.
The entertainment should be lively. Group contestants may sing, dance or step. Performances, which have to be family-friendly, must be no longer than two minutes.
In the individual competition, contestants may sing, dance, step or recite something special. Performances must last no longer than 90 seconds, and participants need to supply their own music. Contestants must be between 10-18 to participate.
There will also be competitions for youth under 10, along with an adult competition.
The first-place winner receives $100, the second-place finisher $75 and the third-place finisher $50.
Registration forms need to be submitted at the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center registration table by 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Wilkins will hold his basketball camp prior to the “Fun Day” event. Kids can learn skills from the NBA players on Thursday and Friday.
The camp for 6-8th graders will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, while the camp for 9-12th graders will run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Both camps will be held at P.S. Jones Middle School. Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the camp each day.
Applications may be returned to the front desk at any Beaufort County middle or high school or the Central Services Office at 321 Smaw Road in Washington.