BURGAW — Two local middle-school students shot hoops and ran drills at basketball camps hosted by two of the state’s largest universities, thanks to Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships from Four County Electric Membership Corporation.
Jatyra Moore-Peterson, a student at Elizabethtown Middle School, attended the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Campon June 23-26 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.She is the daughter of Jaquite Moore of Elizabethtown.
Sterling Thomas took to the court June 21-25 at the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the son of Althea Lewis of Riegelwood and a student at East Arcadia Elementary School.
“Four County EMC is pleased to give these outstanding students a unique opportunity to experience life on a college campus and to receive instruction from two of the ACC’s finest coaches,” said Gay Johnson, director of Corporate Communications at Four County. “These camps develop fundamental skills that will help the young athletes excel both on and off the court. We’re delighted to have them represent our co-op.”
Moore-Peterson and Thomas won the all-expense paid scholarships by earning a top score on an application that included academics, community involvement and enthusiasm for sports. Only 56 students from across the state received Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships this year.
During camp, students stayed in dorms on campus and worked directly with coaches and athletes to hone basketball skills and practice working cooperatively with teammates. The staff of the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp included N.C. State women’s basketball coach Wes Moore, and his coaching staff and players. Two-time NCAA national champion coach Roy Williams, his staff, and current and past Tar Heel basketball players led the Carolina camp.
This is the 11th year North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives have sponsored young women to attend an N.C. State women’s basketball camp and the ninth year the cooperatives have sent young men to the Roy Williams camp. The co-ops’ partnership with universities and coaches provides a unique educational and athletic opportunity for our state’s youth and keeps with Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community.
Four County EMC serves approximately 32,000 members throughout Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties. For more information about the electric cooperative, visit www.fourcty.org.