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March 3, 2012

Giving back Former Sooners coming back to Norman for youth basketball camp

NORMAN — Since ending her collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma in 2010, Nyeshia Stevenson has played ball in many gyms across the world. From the Phoenix Mercury to Basket Parma (Italy) and now B.C. Habika’a in Israel, it has been a whirlwind adventure.

“I have loved it,” Stevenson said. “Not a lot of people understand how much you can learn from different people and different cultures. It opens your eyes on a whole different level and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Stevenson will be bringing the knowledge she has obtained criss-crossing the globe back to Cleveland County when she and former Sooner and current B.C. Habika’a teammate Amanda Thompson host a basketball camp June 1-2 at the Cross Pointe Community Centre Gym. It’s the first camp the two have ever held and they wanted it to take place in the area where they experienced much of their success.

“Participating in a camp like this is very important because it gives me the chance to really showcase my coaching skills and the ability to teach kids younger than me what I have been taught throughout my life,” Thompson said. “I would hope to pass on a different aspect of the game to show that anybody can play and become good at it, as long as you practice the right habits.”

DJ Fisher, representing both Stevenson and Thompson at Defining Sports Marketing Agency, saw immediately that both women would make great role models at his company.

“I noticed their professionalism, humble spirit, how they reacted to the crowd on and off the court, and the fans reaction to them,” Fisher said. “Defining Sports is about changing lives through sports, impacting and inspiring and I’m willing to bet that there are a few reading this article that these ladies have encouraged, inspired and impacted in a positive way. For those reasons I wanted to represent them and have them become apart of Defining Sports.”

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