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Deloach camp begins Saturday

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Moe Deloach, a former basketball player at Northern Nash and Norfolk State, directs campers during Deloach's summer basketball camp last year. Deloach will host his ninth camp this Saturday at the South Rocky Mount Community Center.

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By PATRICK MASON
Sports Writer

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Moe Deloach is staying busy.

The 2005 Northern Nash graduate and current professional basketball player is gearing up to host a basketball camp in Rocky Mount for the ninth consecutive year. Deloach just finished his most recent season playing point guard for a team in Romania, and is back in town. 

“I try to do as much as I can for the community,” Deloach said. “This is the ninth straight year I’ve been able to do this and I’m excited about the camp this year.”

The camp will be split into two weekends. The first will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be for those ages 5-12. The second camp will take place on June 8 for those ages 13 and up.

Both camps will be held at the South Rocky Mount Community Center. Campers can expect to receive skills instruction from Deloach, while also honing other areas of the game.

Deloach said that Saturday’s edition has already received plenty of interest and he expects around 160 kids to attend. A couple local stars will also be in attendance on Saturday, including Tarboro natives Todd Gurley and Tyquan Lewis.

Gurley, the Los Angeles Rams running back, and Lewis, the Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman, will interact with and help coach the kids. Lewis attended last year’s camp, and former NFL player and Tarboro grad Shaun Draughn attended previous camps as well. At the end of the session, Deloach plans to bring the campers to his downtown Rocky Mount restaurant — Moe & D’s — then head to the Imperial Centre for the Juneteenth event.

“We’ll go to the restaurant to serve the kids some food, hot dogs and chips,” Deloach said. “Then we’re going to the Imperial Centre. We want to showcase and support the community. It’s really going to be a whole day event.”

The 33-year-old Deloach has played basketball at a few stops overseas, most recently playing in the Romanian National League. Deloach lead Dinamo B. in three categories with 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game this past season.

He began his camp in 2011, shortly after graduating from Norfolk State in 2010. Over the past couple years popularity forced the camp to be split across two weekends with each serving a different age group.

To register, visit the Rocky Mount community center to guarantee a spot. Registration can also be found on eventbrite.com by searching for Moe Deloach. Registration will also be accepted on the day of the camp after filling out a registration form.

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