MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - The Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp tipped off Tuesday afternoon at Clay County High School.
Former Kentucky Wildcat guard Jarrod Polson and the Unite organization held their first of five camps coming up this summer.
The first event brought out over 230 kids and numerous parents to get better at Kentucky's favorite past time.
Polson says that it's the perfect platform for him and the organization to spread their message, especially with the opioid crisis and other drugs in Kentucky.
"It's always good to see a good turnout, and hopefully we can just teach the kids a little bit about basketball, a little bit about some life lessons we learned and hopefully it'll be a good camp," Polson said. "Especially nowadays when drugs are so prevalent, even in younger kids - even to this age. They're around it, so just kinda giving that message to them when they're younger, to things to look out for and being in the right place at the right time. I don't think it's ever too early to instill those lessons into them."