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Enes Kanter Hosts Free Basketball Clinics for Muslim, Jewish Kids

Members of Brooklyn’s Muslim and Jewish communities came together Sunday to make friends and play some basketball at Floyd Bennett Field, KTSM reported.

“This was one of the most special camps that I had this summer,” Turkish Muslim player Enes Kanter told KTSM.

“Obviously I was very sad that the El Paso shooting happened… that’s why I came here, (I) just wanted to hang out with the kids and put a smile on their faces. It’s definitely been priceless.”

Kanter, a 7-foot center for the Boston Celtics, has always been active in giving back to communities across the country.

He voiced his support for El Paso following the Aug. 3 shooting, but what he did Saturday morning at Hanks High School was even more impressive and impactful.

Kanter hosted a free basketball camp to show his support for El Paso and the Walmart shooting victims.

The NBA star and his team covered all costs of the camp and their own travel to the Sun City and had fun with kids ages eight to 18.

He also donated to the Victims Relief Fund to help those affected by the tragedy.

Kanter was born in Switzerland to a Muslim-faith family originally from Turkey, where the majority of people are Muslim.

He is not the only Muslim player in the American national basketball competition.

Along with Kanter, Muslim players include Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters, Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu and center Jusuf Nurkic.

Other players include, New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik, Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova and guard Dennis Schroder, Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic and Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae-Hollis Jefferson.


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