Many know Kim English by his legacy as a star Missouri Tigers basketball player, but to the children attending Kim English Basketball Camp this summer, he served as an instructor and a role model. In July, Veterans United Foundation had the pleasure of sending ten children, who wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity, to camp. When VU employees arrived at Hickman High School to see the activities planned for the day, we were greeted with shouts of joy and excitement coming from dozens of children.
With Kim English’s goal to “light the fire of passion and fun for the game of basketball in today’s youth”, he is sure to make an impact on aspiring basketball players in Missouri. The Kim English Basketball Camp website explains Kim’s motivation for starting this camp, “activity, skill, and positive coaching meant so much in my growth as a basketball player, and I hope to pass it on to future generations”. His goals for this program have been making an impact on the youth of Columbia, Springfield, and Kansas City, Missouri for the last two years, and are sure to continue judging by the immense joy of the participants.
What makes this program so special for the participants? Erin Hargis, an employee of Veterans United Home Loans, explains that she can’t speak highly enough of the professionalism and planning put into this program. Erin’s son, Blaine, participated in the Columbia camp, and beat Kim in a game of one-on-one, earning him a $100 prize. Although most children don’t walk away with $100, Erin can attest to the fact that the children left having more confidence in themselves and in what they are able to accomplish. She reflects on the knowledge Kim left with the children about working hard for what you want, because things don’t always come easy. This advice combined with a better understanding of basketball, and the chance to play with Missouri Tiger’s basketball players is sure to leave the ten children that Veterans United Foundation sponsored, as well as the rest of the participants with an amazing memory of their experience this summer.