“It’s a great opportunity for me to come back to my hometown from Dallas and give back,” said Collier.
Collier hosted her first basketball camp for girls in third through twelfth grades in the same gym where she learned basketball at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu.
“I have a chance to learn something and be a good basketball player,” said 8-year-old Bailee Dowdye.
While other athletes charge $250 for their camp, Collier’s camp was free.
“I just remembered growing up. Camps used to be very expensive. Now I’m in the position I’m in and I want to give back to my community. I want them to come out here and play basketball and have fun,” Collier said.
Collier has come a long way since we first met in 2015. She worked hard to become the national number one player in high school basketball.
She played at the University of Texas before being the first pick in the 2021 WNBA draft for the Dallas Wings.
“I’ve come really far. It’s just been a boon to my growth to see me now,” Collier said.
Honors and awards are great, but their attitude toward basketball and life is the same as it was in high school. Having fun and growth at her core while doing it with a big smile.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to see Charli coming back to our hometown, not only here in Mont Belvieu, but our Crosby family is here and in the surrounding towns. That Charli gives them time to spend just this day for this area means the world to me. It kind of makes me feel like she’s humble the way we raised her. This is all closing so I’ll try to hold back the tears but it’s a fun day, an exciting day. We’ve met so many good campers, they’re all excited,” said the WNBA star’s mother, Ponda Collier.
“We learned how to do layups, dribbling and switching,” said 11-year-old Teagan Godfrey.
“It’s really, really fun because I met a WNBA player,” said 9-year-old Jayden.
“It’s more than the basketball game. Coming back, giving back to your community, creates a foundation and relationships for generations to come,” Collier said.
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