Founded in memory of former Texas Tech basketball star Andre Emmett, the charity hosted its first basketball camp on Saturday, almost two years after he was hit deadly in Dallas.
Oliver Family Charity hosted a basketball day camp for 40 children aged 8 to 13 on Saturday at Oak Cliff’s Mooreland Family YMCA.
Emmet, who played for the Red Raiders from 2000 to 2004 and professionally played with the NBA and abroad from 2004 to 2012, was shot dead outside his home in Dallas in September 2019.
Larry Jenkins, Keith Johnson, and Michael Lucky were each charged with murder for Emmet’s death. Jury trials are scheduled for Johnson and Jenkins in November and January, respectively, according to Dallas County court records. Lucky trial date has not been set.
Emmet, the highest scorer in Texas Tech’s men’s basketball history, would have turned 39 on Friday.
His mother, Regina Oliver, celebrated the first anniversary of the Oliver Family Charity on Saturday.
She said basketball camp was his lifelong dream.
“He started talking about this a couple of years before he stopped playing basketball, so it was always a conversation with us,” Oliver said.
“Andre and I were the two athletes in the family, so I have a lot of memories back,” said Emmet’s aunt Karen Oliver Thomas.
After playing basketball at Carter High School, Emmet moved to Texas Tech and eventually to the NBA.
“I wish I could follow the same path that Andre followed,” said Jaleon Thompson, who attended the camp on Saturday.
The second basketball camp is scheduled for next summer. Registration is required.