"It's not just about basketball, it's bigger than that." - Eric Montross

About the Camp


Held on Father’s Day weekend, 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 UNC Children’s.

Cost: The cost to attend camp is $500 for a dad and one child; $200 for each additional child. 100% of camp attendance fees benefit UNC Children’s Hospital.

Number of participants: Approximately 175 children and dads.

Minimum and Maximum ages: 7-13 years old.

Funding Resources for Camp: All funding is provided by the Eric & Laura Montross Fund and private and corporate donors.

Program Management: UNC Children’s Office of External Affairs department of special events.

UNC Children’s Hospital protects the health and well-being of North Carolina’s 2.1 million children by aligning premier health care practitioners, world-class medical education and 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, UNC Children’s Hospital works hand-in-hand with community hospitals and pediatricians across the state, providing specialty care to more than 70,000 children from all 100 counties each year. For more information, please visit UNC Children’s.

A Lasting Impact


Thanks to individuals and corporate camp sponsors, The Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp has raised over $1 million to support the following hospital initiatives:

Jason Clark Teen Activity Center: This unique
space offers teenage patients an escape from the
hospital environment.
This room is an interactive room where patients can benefit from physical activity, thus providing basketball, air hockey and a pool table. It also offers a relaxing area complete with computers, video games and a big screen television.

Pediatric Oncology Treatment

An On Staff Psychiatrist

Children’s Dialysis Center

Pediatric Short Stay Unit: The Day Hospital is an eight bed pediatric unit for care of patients’ post-procedures, such as kidney biopsies, cardiac catheterizations, and surgical procedures. This unit will care for patients requiring continued monitoring of their status, and will be used as a recovery area prior to discharge. The new space will allow patients to stay in the short stay unit who do not need to be admitted overnight; thus making beds available for those patients in greater need.

Wall Murals:Eric and Laura commissioned two local artists to paint wall murals and eight themed treatment rooms. In addition, each patient room has a painted animal outside of the door so that children can easily identify their room. Now instead of institutional white hospital walls, children see grand paintings of animals, airplanes and jungle scenes.

Pediatric Infusion Room: Part of the Children’s Outpatient Specialty Clinics, this room allows children to receive outpatient infusion treatments in a relaxing, child-friendly environment versus a regular exam room. This room contains recliners, TVs, and DVD players as well as child-friendly murals to distract patients from sometimes uncomfortable and exhausting treatments.

High Performance Liquid
Chromatographer: 
A piece of
equipment used with patients who have metabolic disorders requiring careful monitoring for response to therapy and confirmation of diagnosis.

Lookout Terrace:An outdoor space on the 7th floor of the Children’s Hospital designed to look like the different geographic regions of N.C. This space will allow patients and families a unique place to go outside without ever leaving the Children’s Hospital.

Telehealth Program for Children with Special Needs: This grant to the pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation department will provide comprehensive, coordinated family centered care to children with disabilities across our state and offer education, training and peer support for people who care for them.

GlideScope Video Laryngscope: The GlideScope is a high-resolution camera embedded in a laryngoscope that is portable, easy to use, and can be ready for use in an emergency situation. It provides easier, safer and quicker intubation access in difficult airways.

High Resolution Ultrasound Machine: This advanced ultrasound machine allows the division of pediatric anesthesia to provide important care to pediatric patients safely and efficiently.

Simulation Mannequin: Simulation mannequins are advanced patient simulators for team training – for routine care to critical emergencies. With realistic anatomy and clinical functionality, these mannequins are ideal for training all aspects of child care, from infants to teens.

Sign up for camp


This year’s Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp has reached its full enrollment. Due to the program popularity, we have a waiting list for new campers. It is our goal to provide all of our participants with the most enjoyable experience possible. Part of this is providing individualized attention in a family-friendly and safe environment. To accept participants beyond our capacity would detract from the camp experience and potentially jeopardize the controlled and manageable environment that we have worked so diligently to achieve.

The growing interest in our camp lets us know that we are meeting expectations. Of that, we are proud. It also reflects a commitment far more significant than basketball or a camp. It reflects our community’s commitment to supporting UNC Children’s Hospital and the 70,000 children treated at the hospital each year. Thank you!

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