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Outlaw's circle of trust helps camp be success

June 25, 2014

Osa Esene, left, visits with Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter during The Elite Travis Outlaw Basic Skills Camp. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)

Not many people get to be part of a professional athlete’s circle of trust.
With Starkville’s Travis Outlaw, the list includes mostly relatives along with a few valued friends that the NBA star might as well be “family.”
“Travis grew up with a close-knit family,” Starkville High basketball coach Greg Carter said. “You look at the people around him on a daily basis (and) it is a close group. He surrounds himself with family. To be in his inner circle, he is going to consider you family.”
This week the Sacramento Kings forward is back in his hometown to host the Elite Travis Outlaw Basic Skills Basketball Camp and assisting him with the task are members of that circle.
One of those volunteers is WNBA athlete and former East Oktibbeha standout April Sykes, who is taking time out from basketball training to help her hometown friend teach a new generation the fundamentals of the game.
“Travis has always been like a big brother to me so it is great to come out and help him with this camp,” Sykes said. “Anytime I am able to help, I am more than willing because it is all about getting the kids the chance to learn from somebody who has been there. He and I both play professionally so it is great for the kids to come learn and hear from people who are where some of them dream of being.”

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