Held on Father’s Day weekend at the Dean E. Smith Center, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp provides a unique opportunity for dads and their children to share quality time together while working as a team. Fathers learn how to better coach their children while they both practice, play and compete in contests. Children interact with their fathers to develop basketball skills and build character that will make them winners for life. This special weekend incorporates all of this, while teaching the importance of helping others. 100% of the proceeds from camp benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
Who does this benefit?
All funds generated through camp benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital. As the state’s hospital, N.C. Children’s is responsible for the health and well-being of North Carolina’s 2.1 million children from all 100 counties.
N.C. Children’s aligns premiere health care practitioners, world-class medical education, and innovative, interdisciplinary research to provide the highest-quality, family-centered care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
As a major referral center for children with complex and chronic conditions, N.C. Children’s Hospital works hand-in-hand with community hospitals and pediatricians across the state, providing specialty care to more than 70,000 children each year.
Why was this camp started?
In the fall of 1993, Eric Montross befriended Jason Clark, a young patient battling cancer at N.C. Children’s Hospital. The initial visit Eric made as a UNC basketball player soon evolved into weekly visits as a friend.Jason lost his battle with cancer after a 9-month fight. Shortly before his passing, he was asked what the new children’s hospital should look like to make it more “child-friendly." Jason wrote three pages. As a tribute, his family and friends established the Jason Clark Memorial Fund to make Jason’s dreams a reality. Eric and Laura Montross started the Father’s Day Basketball Camp to honor Jason and help raise funds to carry out his wishes for the new hospital. The camp is used as a year-round fundraising vehicle to continue turning new ideas like Jason’s into reality.
How can I get involved?
Making a difference is what the Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp is all about. Whether through a sponsorship of camp, an in-kind contribution of services, goods or an outright donation, working together helps make a greater positive impact at N.C. Children’s Hospital.Join us in making a difference today! Want to hang your “Jersey in the Rafters”? Former campers have the opportunity to continue supporting camp and teaching the lifelong lesson of philanthropy to their children, long after they’ve aged out of camp. With a minimum gift of $450 (the cost of admittance into camp) we will place your “jersey in the rafters” as seen below. Jerseys will be hung each summer before camp and will remain in the “web site’s rafters” until the following spring, when you will have the opportunity to keep your jersey in the rafters. Join fellow dads by making your donation today! Your gift is 100% tax deductible and continues the tradition you began as first-year campers!
Jerseys in the Rafters
Blake Smith Jr.
Russ Clegg and Angie Smits, Alex and Audrey Clegg
The Carey-Ewend Family