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Rudy Gay holds camp at Farmville Central

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Usually when professional superstars return to Eastern North Carolina it's someone who went to ECU. Friday was a special exception, NBA star Rudy Gay held a free camp at Farmville Central High School and he welcomed the public and the media with open arms.

He's one of the rising stars in the NBA. You've seen him at UCONN, then as the 8th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, and now Rudy Gay is a 20 point a game scorer in the league. Little did you know he has ties to Eastern North Carolina.

"I have a lot of family that still lives here and just wanted to give back," said Gay. "I don't think anybody expected me to come to Farmville and throw a camp. There's kids here that want to learn and I'll come out here and help them."

 Rudy Gay's father is from Farmville, so that's where Gay decided to have a free camp Friday afternoon.

"It means a lot to me because I remember I was in this situation....sitting in these lines and waiting to take pictures with these pro players and its fun to be that guy they come to see now," said Gay. 

Over 100 kids packed the Farmville gym to meet and even play with Rudy Gay. For many of these underprivileged kids its a dream come true. 

From the ACC Barnstorming Tour last year to this camp, Farmville continues to attract events on the hardwood that are maiking an impact on the community.

"We've been very fortunate here at Farmville," said Farmville Central Basketball Coach Larry Williford. "I hope maybe a little bit of it is a by product of having a good basketball program, but Farmville is a very family oriented town and just very fortunate to have someone like Rudy Gay come in and for these kids to be able to see someone of his caliber come back and give back to the kids."

It's a homecoming for a NBA star but more importantly a day these kids will never forget.

For more on the Rudy Gay camp in Farmville check out 9 On Your Side at 11:20.

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