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NBA’s Enes Freedom to carry free local basketball clinics on Saturday


Chestnut Retreat Center, the Greater Valley YMCA and the Lehigh Dialogue Center are joining forces with NBA player Enes Freedom to host free youth basketball clinics on Saturday.

The primary clinic will happen from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Slate Belt YMCA branch in Pen Argyl. The second might be on the Bethlehem YMCA branch from 3 to five:30 p.m.

The clinics will feature Freedom teaching basketball to participants together with time for autographs and pictures. Children ages 8-18 are eligible to register.

Those eager about registering can accomplish that on the Greater Valley YMCA website: https://www.gv-ymca.org/events.html.

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Freedom, who modified his last name from Kanter after becoming a United States citizen in 2021, is an NBA free agent. He most recently played 35 games for the Boston Celtics within the 2021-22 season, averaging 3.7 points and 4.6 rebounds over 11.7 minutes per game.

The Utah Jazz chosen Freedom with the third overall pick within the 2011 NBA Draft. His 13-year profession also includes stops with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Latest York Knicks and Portland Trailblazers.

The 6-foot-10 center averaged a double-double with points and rebounds in 4 of his 13 NBA seasons.

Outside basketball, Freedom may best be known for his social justice activism. Born to Turkish parents in Switzerland before growing up in Turkey, Freedom has supported human rights campaigns in Turkey and worked with U.S. officials to advance those campaigns.

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