Laurence Bowers hosts largest camp to date while following COVID guidelines
COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball star Laurence Bowers kicked off his sixth annual basketball camp on Monday with the largest number of participants he's ever had.
Camp Bowers is a three day camp focused on improving basketball skills. But due to COVID, Bowers said the focus this year is equally on safety.
"It wouldn't happen if it wasn't in large part thanks to the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse for allowing us to use four courts," Bowers said. "We're able to split them up about 26 on each court. Phase three, no more than 50 in a venue. Each court here serves as a venue, so it's very doable."
Jahmon Smith, father of a camper, said he was initially nervous to send his child but felt at ease when they arrived.
"They've been checking temperatures coming in, and they're keeping it real clean," Smith said. "Everybody has their own ball with their name on it, so I'm not nervous anymore."
Alicia Casady, another parent, said she trusts Bowers to keep her kid safe.
"We know and love Laurence from Mizzou basketball," she said. "We trust him and know it'll be a good, quality camp as well."
Bowers said the goal is to make it the best camp yet and give kids some sense of normalcy.
"I think kids want to play basketball," he said. "They want to be with their friends."