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Bradley star's basketball camp rewards kids with free sneakers

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An All-Star basketball camp in Peoria continues its tradition of teaching more than just jump shops and ball handling, it's teaching life skills.

This lesson involved generosity, along with critical thinking.
The Mitchell JJ Anderson and Dana J. Davis Camp is hooking kids up with free shoes.

There was just one condition. To get new kicks, the kids had to write an essay explaining what needs to happen to stop violence in their community.

"Parents need to be more involved in their kids lives and be around them more and teach them how to do more stuff so they can stay active and stay away from other people that do bad things," explained camp-goer, Lawson Keys. 

He was one of roughly 50 Peoria area kids who earned $100 gift cards they then used to go sneaker shopping at Finish Line.

Organizers say this helps get kids ready for school next week, and gets them thinking about being leaders one day.

More than 300 kids attended the All-Star Camp this summer.
 

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