Eric Montross Father's Day Basketball Camp
Over the past 24 years, the Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp has raised more than $1.6 million to support North Carolina Children’s Hospital. The tradition continued this past June 15-16, 2018, as 200 dads and kids made memories on the court, all while raising money to support the children and families at UNC Children’s.
Typically held on the Friday and Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, the Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp provides a unique opportunity for dads and their children to share quality time together while working as a team. Fathers learn how to better coach their children while they both practice, play and compete in contests. Children interact with their fathers to develop basketball skills and build character that will make them winners for life. This special weekend incorporates all of this, while teaching the importance of helping others. 100% of the proceeds from each year’s camp benefits UNC Children’s.
In the fall of 1993, Eric Montross befriended Jason Clark, a young patient battling cancer at N.C. Children's Hospital. The initial visits Eric made as a UNC basketball player soon evolved into weekly visits from a true friend. Jason lost his battle with cancer after a 9-month fight. Shortly before his passing, he was asked what the new children’s hospital should look like to make it more “child-friendly.”…Jason wrote three pages. As a tribute, his family and friends established the Jason Clark Memorial Fund to make Jason’s dreams a reality.
Eric and Laura Montross started the Father’s Day Basketball Camp to honor Jason and to help raise funds to carry out his wishes for the new hospital. The camp is used as a year-round fundraising vehicle to continue turning new ideas like Jason's into reality.
Sign up for camp
Camp is for children ages 7-13. The cost to attend is $500 for a dad and one child, and $200 for each additional child.
Due to the camp’s popularity, we have a waiting list for new campers. It is our goal to provide all of our participants with the most enjoyable experience possible. Part of this is providing individualized attention in a family-friendly and safe environment. To accept participants beyond our capacity would detract from the camp experience and potentially jeopardize the controlled and manageable environment that we have worked so diligently to achieve.
The growing interest in our camp lets us know that we are meeting expectations, an accomplishment that makes us proud. It also reflects a commitment far more significant than basketball or a camp. It reflects our community’s commitment to supporting N.C. Children’s Hospital and the 70,000 children treated at the hospital each year. Thank you!
To enter your name on the waitlist, please visit http://montrossbasketballcamp.com/ click on “About the Camp” and scroll to the bottom of the page. Your name will remain on the waitlist from year to year until you have been called into camp or have aged out of eligibility.