The Heal the Hood Foundation and its founder, LaDell Beamon (right), will host their annual All-Star Celebrity Weekend June 9th-10th and it will feature the Kevin Whitted All-Star Youth Basketball Camp. (Photos: Whitted, screen capture; Beamon, The New Tri-State Defender Archives)

The Heal the Hood All-Star Celebrity Weekend is June 9th-10th and this year it will feature the Kevin Whitted All-Star Youth Basketball Camp.

A former NBA player, Whitted played for the Dallas Mavericks and overseas. He has trained dozens of players through his company, Kevin Whitted Basketball Services (KWBS) in East Memphis. He’s also coached/trained myriad teams, ranging from community college to the NBA. 

The basketball camp includes skills and drills, a mini tournament, a t-shirt, lunch, and “an unforgettable experience.” On Friday, June 9th, little ballers (ages 7-17) can learn the fundamentals of the game from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kirby High School, located at 4080 Kirby Parkway. The cost is $10 and students can register to online at

The Heal the Hood (HTH) Foundation of Memphis is a nonprofit organization that provides positive outlets for youth and young adults through singing, dancing, art, acting, motivational speaking, screenwriting, and modeling. This is the 14th year for the Heal the Hood All-Star Celebrity Weekend and the first time Whitted has partnered with Heal the Hood and its founder, LaDell Beamon.

“It’s an honor to have a basketball trainer of Kevin’s caliber working with our youth,” said Beamon. “We know they will enjoy themselves and leave with great information and skills. We have some great celebrities who love Memphis and want to help our youth participating in the basketball game as well. I hope everyone comes out to enjoy the fun,” said Beamon.

The basketball game Beamon referenced is  the all-Star Celebrity Basketball Game at 3 p.m. at Ridgeway High School, located at 2009 Ridgeway Rd. The game will feature rappers/songwriters/producers Kia Shine and Millie Manny; award-winning super producers Drumma Boy and HitKidd, along with hip hop artist Fresco Trey, and professional basketball players Shaq Goodwin, Will Coleman and Ashley Shields. Attendees can expect other special guests. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at

Proceeds from both events benefit Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis’s youth programs. For more information, visit the website or call 901-566-0473.