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Raptors’ DeRozan set to hold four-day youth hoops camp at Langley Events Centre

LANGLEY — The last time DeMar DeRozan came through town, he was doing his thing in front of a sold-out house of 19,000 fans at Rogers Arena.

That was this past October, when the star guard and his Toronto Raptors topped Golden State 97-93 in a preseason tilt that marked the debut of Kevin Durant with the Warriors.

Later this summer, in a much more intimate setting, the Raptors’ guard returns to B.C., this time to the Langley Events Centre, for the DeMar DeRozan Basketball Camp.

The camp runs for four straight days, Aug. 8-11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and is open to boys and girls aged 6-to-16. The camp’s cost is $375 including taxes. Space is limited.

“We consider ourselves to be the premier basketball facility in B.C. so to have a great NBA star like DeMar DeRozan help solidify that for us is a dream come true,” said the LEC’s associate director, production services Tyler Dinwoodie of the arena complex which annually hosts eight separate B.C. boys and girls senior varsity provincial championship tournaments, the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, Trinity Western University basketball, as well as an ever-growing menu of club events including the first-ever girls national championships this summer. “It’s obvious how important Toronto is to Canadian basketball culture, so to have such a key player from Canada’s NBA team out here is huge.”

The event will break its campers down into three age groups and use all five of the LEC’s indoors courts, as well as four outdoor ones as well.

Besides receiving a camp t-shirt, registrants will also get an autograph and a personal photo with DeRozan as part of the experience.

A number of local high school and university coaches are helping DeRozan through the week and there will be a ratio of one coach for every eight campers.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will be a guest speaker and is expected to be address the children during of one of the camp’s days.

Any questions regarding the camp can be directed to the LEC’s Christina Brown at cbrown@langleyeventscentre.com or by calling 604-455-8831.

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