Basketball stars give back to hometown kids

Basketball stars give back to hometown kids

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Two of our own are back in Akron after a season of Pro Ball overseas. Dru Joyce III and Romeo Travis, who along with LeBron James were National High School Champs at St. Vincent-St. Mary, are giving back to their hometown youth.

"It means a lot that I can come back to Akron," says Dru Joyce III. 

Joyce and Travis started giving back to northeast Ohio last summer with their Give'N Go Basketball Camp for kids. It opens on Monday for a second run at The LeBron James Arena in Akron.

"We will play. I just won't be a drill sergeant. We are going to have a lot of fun," said Joyce. 

Travis is flying back this week from a season of Pro Ball in the Philippines and Joyce will soon be heading back to Germany for his eighth season of Pro Ball in August.

"Basketball in Germany is just buzzing right now," said Joyce. 

The former University of Akron teammates are passionate about giving back to kids who have the same dreams they had while walking the halls of St. Vincent-St. Mary.

"I remember everything we went through on this floor, all the triumph and the harsh criticism from coaches to be better, to improve," recalled Joyce.

Joyce says he checked in with James over the summer and got a chance to watch his latest project, "Trainwreck," at the movie's premiere in Akron earlier this month.

"LeBron did a great job, played himself very well," said Joyce.
Learn more about the Give'N Go Basketball Camp.

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