Former UNC player hosts Father's Day basketball camp

Posted June 19, 2010
Updated June 20, 2010

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— Some fathers and their children spent time on the court Saturday with a familiar University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball alum.

Eric Montross, from the 1993 NCAA men's national championship team, hosted his annual Father's Day basketball camp at the Dean Smith Center.

This year's camp gave 150 campers and 60 volunteers a chance to work on their game, while raising money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

The event started in 1994 when Montross befriended Jason Clark, a young cancer patient and Tar Heels fan.

"I came to the Children's Hospital expecting a one-time encounter-an autographed basketball, some pictures, a quick conversation to brighten this kid's spirits-but that visit with Jason changed my life," said Montross, now retired from the NBA and working as a UNC basketball commentator.

The basketball camp has raised nearly $850,000 for Children's Hospital projects.

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  • missjohnston04 Jun 21, 2010

    Eric is truly a great guy who has a very soft spot when it comes to children, especially sick children. Its wonderful that he gives others this opportunity.