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Josh Howard has been a star on
the basketball court since he laced up
his sneakers for Glenn High School.
He was a stand-out player for the
Wake Forest Demon Deacons and
even became an NBA All-Star with
the Dallas Mavericks.
To the kids of his basketball skills
summer camp, he is their All-Star.
On June 27-29, Howard held his
annual skills camp, sponsored by the
Josh Howard Foundation, at the W. R.
Anderson Community Center.
Howard has held this camp for over a
decade and said every year the camp
just continues to grow. Kids from
ages 7 to 15 participated in the camp.
"When I was growing up, we had
outlets, but no visible athletes who
made it to the professional level came
back, so 1 felt like it was my calling,"
said Howard. "I just wanted to stay
grounded with my hometown and
give these kids an opportunity to see
someone who made it from their own
The camp is free to the kids of the
community, which Howard said was
very important to him because he
doesn't do it for money but instead for
the love of the kids. Throughout the
camp the kids will participate in fun
damental drills to improve their
skills. Life skills seminars will be a
part of the camp and a few NBA play
ers may make a surprise visit as well.
Howard wants to help the kids trans
late the skills of basketball into every
Howard stated that this camp is
important to him because as a young
man his mother and grandmother
instilled in him the importance of giv
ing back. He said because they
worked tirelessly to make his life bet
ter, they wanted him to do the same
"I've always told Josh, [that]
See Josh Howard on B2
. Photo by Timothy Ramsey
Josh Howard, NBA All-Star and former Wake
Forest great, has been holding his annual camp in
Winston-Salem for over a decade.
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BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
Former Winston-Salem Prep Academy player Kala
Robinson grew up being a cheerleader. As she watched her
older sister play basketball her focus changed.
Robinson has signed her letter of intent to play basket
ball for the Lady Broncos of Fayetteville State University.
The 5'9" Robinson said her favorite aspect of playing
basketball is playing as a team
and sharing the ball. Her
favorite player is Camille
Little of the Connecticut Sun
in the WNBA. Little is from
Winston-Salem and played at
Carver High School before
becoming a star player for the
UNC Tar Heels.
"I was really overwhelmed
and I was really happy
because it was proof all of my
hard work paid off," said
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With her height, Robinson says at the high school level -
she was able to overpower smaller guards and her shooting
touch and speed enabled her to out maneuver forwards. "In
high school when girls guarded me, it would be a mismatch
because I was usually stronger than them," Robinson said.
"I need to get stronger for the next level because when I
went to an open gym at Fayetteville State, those girls were
Kala Robinson's father, Aivin Robinson, was very
happy for his daughter and the success she had on the court.
"I'm proud of her. She always wanted to go to a CIAA
school because of the hype of the conference," said Alvin
Robinson. "I am more proud of the fact she is able to live
her dream and not the dream of my wife and I."
Kala, who has been with the program at Winston-Salem
Prep since the sixth grade, has impressed coaches and fac
"She is just a great kid and she is like the glue for our
team, you know, the thing that puts it all together,"said WSP
Athletic Director Ricky Holt. "She has done so much for |
the program and I know she will do great things. She will
Robinson is very aware of the positive aspects of her
game and what she needs to improve on to get better.
"I expect myself to be more mature because the girls
there already know how it works. I'm just going to go in
and learn and once I get acclimated I can make history there
and maybe break records," Robinson stated.
See Robinson on B2
Kala Robinson is excited to transition to the next level
of competition but says she will miss her teammates
Area teens earn tennis scholarships
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
Typically when you
hear of high school athletes
obtaining scholarships to
four year universities, foot
ball, basketball or baseball
immediately come to mind.
But Makenna Mason of
Atkins High School and
Brandon Caldwell of North
Forsyth chose an alterna
tive route to college athlet
ics by way of the tennis
Brandon will be attend
ing Lees-McCrae College
in the fall. He said he was
attracted to tennis during
his freshman year of high
school as a sport to play
during the spring.
Caldwell was a basketball
player initially, but turned
to the tennis court full time
after injuring himself dur
ing his sophomore year. He
went on to say he enjoys
the individual aspect of the
sport because you only
have yourself to rely upon.
"We have been working
with Brandon for about a
year and he has improved
about 500 percent, and
that's not an understate
ment," said tennis coach
Harold Moore of Forsyth
Country Day school.
"When Brandon came to
us, pretty much all of the
girls could beat him, but he
told us he wanted to raise
his game, and he certainly
Caldwell won the All
while at North Forsyth. He
also finished fourth in the
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Photo by Timothy Ramsey
Brandon Caldwell chas
es down a ball close to
the line in an attempt to
return the ball in play
during a practice ses