Hester, Wade to Lead Summer Sports Camps in New Lenox

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is taking his talents to New Lenox again this summer.

Wade, who has put on a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the village the past few summers, will be part of another Big Three this year as New Lenox expands from a tournament to a weekend full of camps and entertainment.

A basketball camp will be put on by Wade, Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears will run a football camp and Jim Peterik of Eye of the Tiger fame will run a music camp. Additionally, hip hop artist Sean Kingston will kick off the July weekend with a concert.

"(Wade) is all about the kids," said New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann, who first met Wade while doing personal security for the NBA star. "He is excited to be turning this into more than just a 3-on-3."

Registration is open to everyone, not just New Lenox residents, and must be done on the Procamps website. The camps will be held Thursday and Friday, July 7-8, at Lincoln-Way Central High School. There will also be a carnival in the west lot of the high school that runs all three days of the camp, as well as Sunday. From 1-5 p.m.  Saturday, the village's annual Kids Fest will be moved from the Commons to the high school.

The football camp will be held in the morning, and basketball and music camps will be in the afternoon. Registration for one camp is $199, but if someone wants to register for two camps it only costs $299. The Kingston concert, which will be July 7, costs $20 per ticket.

The football camp is for ages 7-14 while the other two are open to 7- to 18-year-olds. Baldermann said the number of participants will be limited, but the number isn't determined yet and that registration is based on first-come, first-serve.

Baldermann added that the sports and music stars will be present at the camps for the entire weekend to instruct children.

"It's not just a guest appearance and they're gone," Baldermann said. "At the village, we realize out primary function is to improve the quality of life for people. And we like to provide an entertainment value for people as part of that."

More information will be posted on the village's website later this week or early next week.

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