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Two Celtics, Friars legends to host first FUNdamentals basketball camp

June 2, 2015

Boston Celtics and Providence Friars legends Ernie DiGregorio and Kevin Stacom will host a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 9 to 16 in the Vincent A. Cullen Field House at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28.

The FUNdamentals camp will focus on the skill-based building blocks – including dribbling, shooting, passing and team playing – that anyone must master to establish his or her value as a player and teammate. Participants also will play with other campers and hear from camp directors DiGregorio and Stacom about what it takes to improve their games.

Camp sessions will be organized by age group: 9- to 12-year-olds will attend from 9 a.m. to noon each day and 13- to 16-year-olds will attend from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

DiGregorio and Stacom are two of the most decorated and successful basketball players ever to play collegiate basketball in Rhode Island. DiGregorio attracted national attention as a schoolboy star at North Providence High and continued his starring role as Providence College’s spectacular point guard. He thrilled crowds with his ballhandling and passing abilities and helped to lead the Friars to unprecedented heights. He scored 1,760 points during his career, handed out a school record 662 assists and earned First Team All-America notice while directing Providence to the NCAA Final Four in 1973. DiGregorio was the third pick in the NBA draft and enjoyed a six-year pro career. He was named the 1974 NBA Rookie of the Year while playing with the Buffalo Braves and led the NBA in assists and free-throw shooting. He also played with the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics during his NBA career.

Hailing from Holy Cross High in New York, Stacom started his collegiate career at the College of the Holy Cross but transferred to Providence College for his final two seasons. While at Providence, he teamed in the back court with DiGregorio and provided the outside shooting and tough defense needed to help the Friars advance to the Final Four. During his career, he scored 1,143 points and shot 53 percent from the field. Stacom received Second Team All-America honors after his senior season. Drafted in the second round by the Boston Celtics, Kevin spent six years in the NBA and won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 1976. In all, the shooting guard appeared in 26 playoff games and also spent time with the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. He has been an NBA scout for 20-plus years and is currently with the Dallas Mavericks.

The cost for the two-session camp is $100. Each camper who registers prior to June 20 will receive a camp T-shirt; efforts will be made to supply shirts to late registrants. Each camper will receive limited medical insurance. 


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