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Apex Teen Leads Basketball Camp

Posted August 3, 2001

— Thousands of children in our area attend basketball camps each summer. But 85 kids got a special treat this week at Camp Upwards in Apex.

There are basketball camps all over the triangle during the summertime, but Camp Upwards is a little different, not just in its approach, but in its leadership. You see, this camp is being led by an 18-year-old.

His name is Matt Hahn, and every morning of the camp is designed to teach the kids the fundamentals of basketball.

"He's really a good coach," said camper Emily Huff.

When asked if she thought Hahn was kind of young to be a coach, Huff giggled and said, "kind of."

Hahn not only teaches the kids about the game he loves, but also the faith he lives as well.

"Basketball's a game and a sport that I like to play, but Jesus is more important, and I love combining that together," said Hahn.

"His faith is contagious. For instance, yesterday one of the young kids didn't want to leave without Matt meeting his grandmother who was just in for the day," said the Rev. Matt Rice.

"I really love that. I'm just trying to show them God's love, and they respond to that," said Hahn.

Hahn hopes they leave with the love of God, and also a love for the game.

"My next-door-neighbor is going to be sorry when I get home. 'cause I'm going to be killing him in basketball," said camper Jordan Shepherd.

Matt Hahn and the kids wrapped up Camp Upwards Friday afternoon. Apex Baptist Church will be hosting the Upwards Youth Basketball League in November.

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