Oklahoma tornadoes: Former NBA stars Otis Birdsong, Micheal Ray Richardson host camp for tornado victims

About 50 students from Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools participated in the camp at Moore High School with former NBA All-Stars Otis Birdsong, Micheal Ray Richardson and University of Tulsa coach Danny Manning, among others.
By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press Published: June 13, 2013
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photo - Current University of Tulsa basketball players lead drills as former NBA All-Stars Danny Manning, Otis Birdsong and Michael Ray Richardson host a basketball clinic for tornado victims on Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Moore, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Current University of Tulsa basketball players lead drills as former NBA All-Stars Danny Manning, Otis Birdsong and Michael Ray Richardson host a basketball clinic for tornado victims on Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Moore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

After the camp, the students were invited to a nearby fun park to play laser tag and video games at another event sponsored by the Police Athletic League, which co-hosted the basketball camp with the National Basketball Retired Players Association.

“This whole thing is being done so that their last memory isn't a tornado destroying their school and killing their classmates,” said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson.

Jimmy Akin, a sixth-grader at Plaza Towers, said he was huddled into a bathroom as the storm approached and ended up pinned beneath a wall that collapsed on his leg.

“The tornado blew the roof completely off,” Jimmy said.

Although he participated in running, dribbling and shooting drills with members of the University of Tulsa men's basketball team, Jimmy admitted basketball wasn't his favorite hobby.

“My mom signed me up,” he said. “I would really rather be in my hotel room reading a book.”