CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) – Tyrese Rice was an outstanding basketball player at LC Bird and became one of the ACC’s biggest offensive threats while at Boston College. On Monday, Rice returned to her hometown to pass her skills and knowledge on to the next generation.
Rice is hosting a youth basketball camp at Meadowbrook High School that runs through Wednesday, working with Collegiate Del Harris head coach and several others to host the event for players aged from 7 to 15 years old. The former Skyhawk remembers going to camps as a child, and now it’s his turn to give back.
“These camps were big,” Rice recalls. “Corey Alexander had a big camp, VCU had a good camp back then, so these guys led the way. They paved the way for guys like me to come back and try to give that same knowledge back. “
“To be an MVP and to be on billboards in other countries, it’s all the same message across the world,” Harris added. “Local kid, good humble young man, raised in the right way – and he’s a role model for young people and I think that’s one of the main reasons we do this. “
Rice took first-team All-ACC honors to headline university accolades and pursued an 11-year professional career overseas. He’s won multiple MVP awards in different leagues, as well as a handful of championships. He finished his playing days last year in Greece.
“I went to Falling Creek Middle School, LC Bird High School, ended up playing for several years,” Rice said. “They can do it from here and we want to make sure they understand that.”
With his playing career behind him, Rice resides in Houston, Texas, but says he plans to travel to the Richmond area frequently to help the community. He added that he wanted to be involved in his projects and that people can expect to see more of his efforts in the near future.
Rice’s camp is still accepting participants for this week. You can register here.
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