Blue Steel Basketball Camp
Daniel Bolick is no stranger to the Chapel Hill area or to the dreams of every young player who grows up in the proud town of all things basketball. A true Chapel Hillian, Bolick attended Carrboro Elementary, McDougle Middle School, East Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill High School – he claims he was "born and bred a Tar Heel," leading him to turn down opportunities to play basketball for Division II and Division III schools for a chance to work his way onto the UNC men's basketball team.
"Getting into Carolina on my own merit, there were no guarantees related to basketball," he says. "It was simply a dream I had carried ever since elementary school that I could not give up on."
Bolick enjoyed two successful years on UNC's men's junior varsity basketball team before getting cut for the first time in his athletic career his junior year of college. His family and friends simply congratulated him on such a successful basketball career, encouraging him to appreciate it and move beyond his basketball dreams.
"Although I knew my friends and family had my best interests at heart, I vowed to myself to train harder than I had ever trained, to give myself one last chance at my dream of becoming a Carolina basketball player," says Bolick.
For those of you who don't know how this story ends, Bolick enjoyed a senior night on the floor of the Dean Dome with thousands of UNC fans cheering on him and his team – that night, they beat Duke 81-67 and were deemed ACC Regular Season Champions.
Two years later, Bolick wants to give back to Chapel Hill and share his experience with young players through the Blue Steel Basketball Camp, a week-long camp that will give rising third- to ninth-grade boys the opportunity to train with a camp coaching staff comprised entirely of Chapel Hill natives that went on to pursue collegiate and professional basketball careers.
"Campers will not only receive a first-rate basketball education, but also form memories that will last a lifetime," says Bolick.