Basketball Hall of Famer, Meadowlark Lemon, the ageless hoop-master, “Clown Prince of Basketball”, was passionate about ensuring that every child had a chance at chasing their dreams no matter what background they may have come from. He created Camp Meadowlark, a co-ed sports camp that began in 1989 offering camps nationwide to reach young people, and was featured in Sports Illustrated. Through his initiatives Meadowlark positively impacted many children bringing joy and hope to their lives. In 2014, Meadowlark and his daughter, Crystal Joy Lemon Brix went to Germany and Austria to do a two week long Camp Meadowlark for the children of active duty Military troops stationed in Europe.
The Meadowlark Lemon Legacy Foundation is dedicated to carrying on the legacy and commitment of Camp Meadowlark. Admired Basketball Friends of Meadowlark from the NBA, Harlem Globetrotters and other leagues will coach the campers sharing his legendary skills, lessons, and inspiring philosophy’s on how they too can pursue and achieve their dreams.
“It’s important for kids to see the hard work that it takes to be really good at something. They get to see that it takes commitment to develop talent; and when kids work hard at something, they’re too exhausted to get into trouble – it’s good for them and their communities.” ~Meadowlark Lemon
Physical conditioning was a key factor in the longevity of Meadowlark’s career, and the difference between an average player and one of the legends of the game. Camp Meadowlark teaches young athletes about applying the mental or psychological parts of the game to everyday life to handle pressure, to set goals, and to strengthen moral character.
Our coaches are personally dedicated to every camper giving them one-on-one attention helping them improve their individual basketball skills in all areas of the game. It’s a unique and fun-filled learning experience with a focus on becoming a total player. Each camper is taught to learn the skills, when to use them, how to practice, then put them to use. These are the fundamentals upon which Meadowlark built a long lasting career leading to the highest honor any professional player can received – Basketball Hall of Famer Class of 2003.