FARGO — More than 150 kids took part in a memorable experience Friday, and learned from one of the biggest names in basketball.
This off-season, Enes Kanter wanted to do something different by making a significant impact on kids nationwide.
"That's why I wanted to come here," said Kanter. "And just go out there and just play hard and smart with the kids, and have fun with them."
Although he could have gone to numerous big cities, the Portland Trailblazers center wanted to host a camp in a town such as Fargo, because he said that's not used to a player of his stature.
As part of his summer goodwill tour, he held a one-day instruction for boys and girls ages eight to 12 at the Fargo Basketball Academy.
"When they reached out to us to come do a camp, we were more than thrilled and excited to be able to come and host," said Fargo Basketball Academy director Josh Johnson.
Despite his fame and significant frame, Kanter's goal was to provide lessons they can use both on, and off, the court.
"I always tell the kids the NBA and basketball are fun but right now, the number one priority for them is gonna be education," he said.
After a day filled with fun and excitement, the NBA standout hopes that his lessons will not be forgotten.
"He generally just cares," said Johnson. "He wants to give these kids an incredible experience that they'll remember forever."
"When I'm done with my career, I want look back and see how many people I've inspired," said Kanter.
At the end of the day, the big man selected an MVP and awarded them with a signed game-worn shoe from the Western Conference Finals.