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Registration for 19th Annual Julius De Loatche Basketball Camp, 2018, will open after January 1, 2018

The summer 2017 camp was a rousing success.

The Julius De Loatche Basketball Camp, Inc. extends sincere thanks and appreciation to all our friends and supporters for making our 18th annual session a grand success. The camp is held in memory of Julius De Loatche who died in a house fire March 3, 1999. Fifty-five boys and girls in grades 5-8 attended the six weekend camp held at the Dream Center, Peoria, IL, July and August, 2017.

18th Annual Award Banquet: More than 150 attendees enjoyed the evening and fellowship.

Peoria Public Schools Director of School Safety, DeMario Boone was this year's keynote speaker.
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DeMario Boone [Michelle McFadden Photography]

Veronica Ball, camp secretary and coach , delighted the crowd with her inspiring rendition of our National Anthem.

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Veronica Ball [Michelle McFadden Photography]

Fred Cole, a local soloist, excited the audience with a special performance.
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Fred Cole [Michelle McFadden Photography]

Mrs. Diane Risby , the camp's banquet director, delivered a wonderful dinner again this year. The banquet hall was beautifully decorated by Mrs. Jackie Carter to especially highlight the occasion.
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Diane Risby [Michelle McFadden Photography]

Maurice Russel, was the camp's most valuable player and received $100.00, O'Marion Stelivan, as second MVP, receiving $50.00, and Kenny Boclair was third MVP receiving 25.00. Merit awards of $20.00 each went to Jania Harris, Courtland Funches III, Ionna Martin and Quincy Maxwell.

Imana Bobo received 2017 Coach of the Year honors
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Christal Bobo, Rev. James, CoY Imana Bobo, Relmer Deloache
[Michelle McFadden Photography]

Camp Director Eric Cameron was honored with a LifeTime Achievement Award.

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James De Loatche, Eric Cameron, and well deserved trophy
[Michelle McFadden Photography]

We anxiously look forward to seeing everyone back in 2018.

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During the 16th summer, in 2015, 68 campers, plus our outstanding cast of coaches, staff, family, and supporters, were featured in a July 25, 2015, Peoria Journal Star article written by Adam Duvall: "Area summer basketball camps tackle more than playing a game." The section on the camp begins at the bottom of the second page.

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2017 Campers and Coaches

Camp Enrollment and Participation (including banquet) are Free!!!

The camp is held annually in memory of Julius De Loatche, who died in a house fire at age 10.
The Rev. James L. De Loatche and wife Relmer, Julius’s parents, are the founders of the camp.
Rev. De Loatche serves as Pres. & CEO. Eric Cameron is the camp’s director.

Julius De Loatche Summer Basketball Camp Theme: “Rise to Excellence

Julius De Loatche Summer Basketball Camp Scriptural Motto:
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME” (Phillipans 4:13)

Our Camp Colors: Green and Gold
Green Symbolizes Spiritual Strength and Youth
Gold Symbolizes Purity of Heart, Soul, & Mind

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CEO James DeLoatche

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Unbroken Circle -- Promises Kept