Sacramento Kings star and 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans will spend this offseason working to improve his game. But this week, he's also going to help some very special players get better.
Evans is hosting his second annual free basketball camp for Sacramento students in need, with an assist from VSP Vision Care. On Thursday and Friday, 100 campers each day will shoot hoops and spend some time with the star guard. On top of that, kids who qualify will receive free eye exams and glasses in a VSP mobile eye clinic during the camp.
“I’m excited to team up with VSP Vision Care,” says Evans. “Healthy vision is important in both basketball and in life, and this camp helps me reinforce that message.”
Tyreke took some time out of his busy offseason to take a different kind of exam: SI Kids' 10 Questions! Read on to see his answers...
Movie star Brandon Routh isn't exactly a lacrosse veteran. He grew up in Iowa as a soccer player, getting only a taste of lax during gym class.
"We only had a couple days of a lacrosse segment, using plastic sticks," he remembers. "But we ran around and had a good time, and I loved it!"
With that in mind, he couldn't pass on a chance to star in the upcoming lacrosse film Crooked Arrows. Routh plays the role of Joe Logan, a mixed-blood Native American who returns home to coach his reservation’s high school lacrosse team, which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League. (Click here so see a preview!).
The film deals with lacrosse's Native Americans roots, also important to Routh, who is a small part Native American.
But mostly, it gave him a chance to train as (and become) a pretty darn good lacrosse player.
"I had a couple months to perfect my shot," he says. "The idea was to make it look like I had been playing for years, and I think I did alright with that."
Get to know Routh a little better as he takes the answers the Movie Star version of 10 Questions... More »
New York Knicks fans enthusiastically welcomed Carmelo Anthony last February after a blockbuster trade sent the former Denver Nugget to the Big Apple. Fans continued to cheer on the All-Star forward as he helped engineer the Knicks, who suffered from a seven-year post-season drought, to a playoff berth. Although New York was knocked out in the first round, Anthony, after only playing two months with the team, gave Knicks fans new hope.
Appreciative of the support, the All-Star forward introduced his newest Jordan Brand sneaker recently, the Melo M8—his gift to all of his NYC supporters. “This is my first sneaker I’m releasing in New York,” Anthony said last week at a New York City pop up store dedicated to the shoe. “It’s a thank you to my fans out here in New York.”
After showing SIKIDS.com his Melo M8s, Anthony laced up his sneakers to take on our 10 Questions. Keep reading to see how he does.
You would think Shaquille O’Neal would have a ton of time on his hands after announcing his retirement from the NBA in June, right? But the big man’s schedule is jam-packed—he’s completing schoolwork for his PhD program, receiving private instruction in film directing, and even loaning his voice to an interactive undersea adventure.
O’Neal recently introduced “Shaq’s Little Fishy Things,” an iPhone and iPad application for kids ages four and up. The app, which features high-definition video, animation, and facts about ocean inhabitants, is a fun, digital learning tool guided by the All-Star center. “Kids are on phones and iPads more and more now, so I thought this would be a cool way for them to learn and keep them entertained,” O’Neal says. “I like fish, kids like fish, so this was a fun way for me to get involved.”
Despite a hectic schedule, the three-time NBA Finals MVP came up from his underwater world to answer SIKIDS.com’s 10 Questions.
When Dwyane Wade is near the rim, he’s explosive. He’ll drive to the hole for a no look layup or zip down the baseline for a one-hand jam. But the All-Star guard admits to altering his game down low if the hardwood is slippery. “Some courts don’t have good traction, so there’s some sliding because of dust and dirt,” Wade says. “In those cases, I would change my game, maybe rely more on my jump shot that night.”
Now, the NBA champion and Finals MVP doesn’t worry about adjusting his style of play. D-Wade recently teamed up with Mission Athletecare to endorse Court Grip, a liquid applied to the bottom of sneakers that provides instant traction and helps players move down the floor with ease.
Wade isn’t playing a ton of basketball right now with the postponement of NBA training camps due to the league’s lockout. But SIKIDs.com challenged Wade to a 10 Questions one-on-one. Check out how well he scored.
Maya Moore knows a thing or two about winning. At the University of Connecticut she led the Huskies women's basketball team a 150–4 record and two national championships from 2007–10. She didn't stop there. In her first year in the WNBA, Moore helped the Minnesota Lynx to a WNBA-best 27–7 record, earning the 2011 Rookie of the Year award.
This October, Moore will be extending her winning ways off the court by dishing an assist to the NBA Hoop Troop, a program that seeks to get kids involved in basketball. The Hoop Troop is holding a contest in which one grand-prize winner between the ages of six and 14 will get to take part in a basketball-themed shopping spree with Moore in her hometown of Atlanta. (For more information, visit NBAHoopTroop.com.) Moore clearly has her act together, but can she handle SIKIDS.com's 10 questions? Read on to find out!
Carl Lewis can do it all. The track star won nine Olympic gold medals, flaunted his acting skills on the big screen, and is currently running for office in the New Jersey State Senate.
In August, Lewis will take a break from the campaign to do what he enjoys most—hang out at the track. He’ll be in Hershey, Pa. supporting the talented young athletes in the 34th annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Final Meet. This year, 400,000 kids from across the country competed to become one of 480 finalists participating on August 6. While Lewis says he loves watching the athletes compete, he’s also looking forward to the meet’s Fun Day on August 4, where he’ll join kids for the Moderation Nation Batuka Dance workout. One week before the meet, SI Kids warmed Lewis up with 10 questions. Keep reading to see how the Olympian does…