Teenager Continues Teammate’s Legacy
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Someone you wouldn’t suspect was leading a girls basketball camp at Vineville United Methodist Church.
Molly Lee, a 16 year old teenager, was the woman in charge.
“I love basketball, I love being with kids, serving the community and so I decided that I would just love to take this camp over from Kate and just continue to give these girls a camp this summer,” Lee said.
She was the director of a camp for rising third through fifth graders.
The camp was originally created by her teammate who graduated high school and passed it on to her.
The camp was designed to gives girls at Campus Clubs in Macon a place to play in the summer and to stay out of trouble.
“We work on basic fundamentals. We’re teaching them the proper shooting form, we’re teaching them how to dribble nice and low, we’re teaching them jump shots, pivots, just all the fundamentals,” Lee said.
Molly said she took over the camp to not only teach about basketball, but also about God.
“We focused on the verse Luke 2:52 and that says Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man,” she said. “So just knowing that peace and that strength God can give you, there’s just nothing else like it.”
Molly funded the camp with $6oo she collected from friends, family, and businesses.
Lee couldn’t run the camp alone. She required some help from her mom and friends.
“I’m very proud of Molly. To be 16 and take on a group of girls that are rambunctious, it’s summer time and she’s been able to bring it,” Leah said. “She’s been very organized with this, very enthusiastic and I think very encouraging for the girls and she’s done a great job. ”
McKenzie Cain is a rising fifth grader who attended the camp. She left camp with a valuable lesson,
‘”Never give up. Keep trying cause yesterday we lost the basketball game, but today we came harder and tried our best,” Cain said.
And that is just the impact Molly wants to make.
“Its a great thing to give them this camp because it just shows them that there are people out here who care about them,that want to give them something fun to do this week, but also want’s to impact their lives and have a good influence on them,” she said.
Molly plans on directing the camp again next year.