Jarrett Culver grew up attending basketball camps.
The former Lubbock resident knew how great of an impact they had on him as a young athlete and wanted to offer that same opportunity to others.
He got his chance earlier in the week.
The current Minnesota Timberwolves guard, and former Texas Tech basketball star, along with The Culver Foundation hosted an inaugural Jarrett Culver Camp that started Monday and runs through Thursday.
“It means the world to me that my family, The Culver Foundation and a lot of other people came together to help build this camp,” said Culver, who played for the Red Raiders from 2017-2019. “I’m just glad I got to do this camp in Lubbock, where I grew up.
“It means the world to me to be able to come back and give all the fans and everybody that’s a part of the Lubbock community the support that they’ve given me.”
Culver has already shown his Lubbock allegiance, helping build and dedicate a Dream Court in honor of former Texas Tech standout Andre Emmett last October. The court, located at 26th Street and Kewanee Avenue near the J.T. & Margaret Talkington Boys & Girls Club, was the first of several opportunities Culver saw to give back to the community that supported him.
Trey Culver, a former Coronado and Texas Tech track star, said the Jarrett Culver Camp along with their family foundation, is all about showing their heart to the community and helping out in any way they can.
“Our family always says it but, Lubbock is a part of us, Lubbock is a big part of who we are, and Lubbock had a huge part in raising us. The community has wrapped its arms around us and we’re so we’re blessed, and we just want to give back,” Trey Culver said. “We want to give these kids hope, have fun with them, and inspire them to be great.”
The Jarrett Culver Camp consisted of a quality staff, which included a familiar name from Texas Tech’s run to the NCAA national championship contest to go along with players and coaches from the same squad.
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Most notable was Tariq Owens, the 6-foot-10 forward who provided awe-inspiring alley-oop dunks and defensive gems thanks to his shot-blocking ability. Max Lefevre, a video coordinator/player development associate for the Minnesota Timberwolves, also joined in and provided his knowledge among others.
“Yeah, so we have Max Lefevre, who was a coach for the Timberwolves, Adam Short, Tariq Owens and a couple of others here that have a lot of talent and basketball knowledge,” Trey Culver said. “We want these kids to learn the fundamentals and work on some new skills.”
The camp, along with The Culver Foundation, made it a priority to teach participants lessons they can take with them both on and off the court. The camp has been collaborating with businesses in the Lubbock community to focus on making sure they’re approaching the kids holistically by having important discussions that benefit the young athletes’ mental health.
“On Wednesday it was nutrition day for us, so United Supermarkets brought over a nutritionist to talk to kids about what they’re putting in their body and making sure that they’re eating healthy and getting enough rest.” said Kate Foley, director of brand marketing and strategy for Octagon Basketball. “(Thursday’s) word of the day is love so Covenant Healthcare System is sending in one of their child specialists to talk to the kids about mindfulness and ways to decrease stress and anxiety.”
In addition, The Culver Foundation made notable efforts to ensure the camp was as inclusive as possible by providing 25 scholarships to kids in underserved communities and to families that couldn’t afford to attend.
Cost per camper was $300 or $250 if registration was completed by May 15.
The Zimmerman family traveled all the way from North Dakota for their 11-year-old daughter Addie, to be one of the campers.
“Jarrett reached out to Addie personally to send her a text about the camp and when she read it her face just lit up, her reaction was priceless,” said Jessie Zimmerman, the mother of Addie. “A lot of kids say they want to go to Disney World, but she wanted to come to Lubbock; and we’re so glad we did because this experience has meant the world to her.”
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Mike Zimmerman, Addie’s father, graduated from Texas Tech and was just as excited to come back and show his family a new city and meet a great representative of his alma mater.
More so, it allowed his daughter to enjoy the game of basketball with other like-minded children.
“Addie has Cystic Fibrosis, not that it matters,” Mike Zimmerman said, “but you know we can give her stuff and what not, but what they’re doing here for Addie, this whole experience, means everything to her and it’s really awesome for us to see. The entire Culver family has really welcomed Addie with open arms.”