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NBA star Josh Richardson gives back to Oklahoma youth

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Shiloh Camp staff and campers show off the new iron access gate gifted by Oklahoma native and current NBA player, Josh Richardson.
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OKLAHOMA CITY- Oklahoma City’s own Josh Richardson has a warm spot in his heart for his hometown kids. This year, the campers at Shiloh Camp were greeted by a new iron access gate, courtesy of the rising NBA star. The Miami Heat shooting guard has been vocal about the importance of giving back to the community. 

 “I know how important kids are to the future of the community and I want to give them another avenue to have fun while being productive at the same time.  When I was a kid I always looked forward to going to camps and other similar activities, so I want these kids to have the opportunity to grow in a positive environment and feel the same happiness that I did,” he said. 

Edmond Santa Fe alum and current Miami Heat player, Josh Richardson. (Photo courtesy of Alice Richardson) 

Richardson’s parents attended the fundraising banquet for Shiloh Camp last fall and became reacquainted with Shiloh Camp, which provides a mountaintop summer camp experience to inner-city youth for a nominal fee.  For many kids, Shiloh Camp is the best week of their summer where friends and fun hitch a ride with positive life skills and spiritual empowerment.

“People always come here and say, ‘I have lived here for years and I did not know this place was here’," said Shiloh Camp executive director, Stephan Moore.  “When kids come here, they really are a world away from their home environment, and they have time to decide the kind of people they want to be.” 

Shiloh Camp has just wrapped up the last week of summer camp this week.  Next is the first annual, invitation-only Ascend leadership retreat, the next step in the mission to inspire, equip and launch the next generation of leaders.

“Our faith compels us to partner with those who are making positive lifelong, even eternal impact in the lives of children.  Shiloh has proven itself to be an excellent avenue to help us reach this goal,” said his mother, Alice Richardson

This month, Richardson held his first free basketball camp in Edmond, which his mother said they would be making an annual event. 

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