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Chicago Area Angel Tree Basketball Sports Camp on Saturday

Featured Speaker: Brandon Johnson—Former Washington Wizards NBA Basketball Recruit, Incarcerated After a National Sports Betting Scandal  

Prison Fellowship®, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is conducting a free Angel Tree Sports Camp® that will benefit more than 200 kids, ages 7 to 17, at the CSO Sports Multiplex in Chicago on Saturday, August 20, 2022 beginning at 9:00am.

Featured at this free basketball clinic is former University of San Diego standout Brandon Johnson who was being recruited by the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards until he was later indicted and then sentenced to six months in a federal prison in a sports betting scandal.

After his release, Brandon played six years overseas in a professional league and now works with his nonprofit, AWAKE Program, which provides a curriculum and youth mentoring program for Juvenile Detention Centers. Brandon will be on hand, along with other coaches, players, and FCA volunteers to instruct the children of incarcerated parents at the CSO Sports Multiplex for a free basketball clinic.  Each camper will also receive a free pair of Nike basketball shoes, a Wilson basketball, and a swag bag full of goodies—including a study Bible.

Who:             Prison Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Chicago

What:            Angel Tree Sports Camp for the children of incarcerated parents

Where:          CSO Sports Multiplex, 1301 E 47th, Chicago, IL 60653

When:           Saturday, August 20, 2022, beginning at 9:00am until 12:00pm

Media:           All members of the Chicago area media are invited to attend

About Angel Tree Sports Camps

Across the country, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree™ hosts sports camps where children with an incarcerated parent gain skills in various sports and learn about God’s love. Through lessons, drills, and fun competition, kids who might not otherwise have a chance to attend a day camp are treated like champions. It is a unique opportunity for youth of all ages and abilities to learn from seasoned college players and former professional athletes. 

About Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship is the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading voice for criminal justice reform.  With more than 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.

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