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Heat’s Bam Adebayo embraces the Miami community at his charity’s youth basketball camp – The Denver Post

More than 200 kids and teens converged on Riviera Prep in Miami for the chance to play with Heat star Bam Adebayo.

The 25-year-old forward hosted his fourth annual Bam Youth Basketball Clinic on Saturday, presented by his charity, the BBB Foundation, spending time with kids ranging from third grade through high school.

“It’s a good thing just because I didn’t have that kind of opportunity when I was younger,” Adebayo said. “To be someone who can give the kids the opportunity to play basketball. I started in sixth. They start first and second, so they have a head start.

The camp cost $100 to attend, but Adebayo donated 50 spots to children from different youth groups: Overtown Optimist Club, TEES Miami and the Boys and Girls Club.

“The community is so supportive of me,” Adebayo said. “They show me so much love. … At least I can do that [for the community].”

Adebayo’s mother, Marylyn Blount, was present at camp on Saturday. She is vice-president of the BBB Foundation.

“She’s kind of like the leader of the peloton, making sure everything is going well,” Adebayo said. “She is the reason why this is happening. She is a big part of it.

Adebayo also spent time playing in the Miami Pro League, teaming up with his friend, Donovan Mitchell. Fans who attended chanted “Miami” at Mitchell to try to show how badly they want the Utah Jazz guard to join the Heat.

“It’s just fun, it’s for Miami, it’s for the community,” Adebayo said. “And then for one of my best friends, Donovan, to come and join us. It was an awesome experience.”

Adebayo said he hopes his camp on Saturday will help attendees learn more about basketball – with the added benefit of letting their parents relax.

“It’s one of those things where they learn valuable lessons, and parents also get a break today,” Adebayo said. “Let’s hope their kids burn off enough energy so they can fall asleep straight away and the parents have the day off.”

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