Former Memphis Tigers star Tarik Black works through drills with young players at his Transformation50 basketball camp in 2017. (File photo: Terry Davis)

NBA veteran Tarik Black will host his 3rd annual Transformation50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp at the North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St. Elmo Ave., July 15-19.

The summer experience is free and aimed for 50 boys ages 11 to15. Applications are being accepted at the Tarik Black Foundation.

“Our young men will not only play basketball,” said Judith Black Moore, Black’s mother and president of the Tarik Black Foundation. “They will participate in different life skill sessions such as learning about healthy relationships with young women.”

According to the Tarik Black Foundation website, “The boys will have five full days to work with caring mentors, community leaders, and different professionals to understand the character and skills that will aid them in transitioning to upstanding young men.”

The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Moore said the feedback to the previous camps has been “very positive. …Many parents feel like their children’s lives have changed.”

On the foundation’s website, Black describes the foundation as “that bridge that connects youth from different circumstances in ways that inspire them to embrace and value each other’s uniqueness as they learn skills for living their best lives.”

(For more information, visit; call 901-485-5425. Destiny Royston is a rising sophomore at the University of Memphis and a City of Memphis Summer Youth Employment intern at The New Tri-State Defender.)