NBA former Phenoms Otis Birdsong and Michael Ray Richardson to invite South Florida Teen Rehab to teach campers about the dangers of alcohol and drugs

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Media Contact: Scott Brand or Sarah Samuels
(954) 376-4831 ext. 506, 112
sbrand@inspirationsyouth.com, ssamuels@coverecovery.com

Boca Raton, Florida – June 11, 2014 – The experts on teen substance abuse at Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF) teen rehab have teamed up with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) NBA Legends and Ball Stars Youth Camp to give a presentation on the prevention of teen drug and alcohol addiction to preteens and teenagers in West Palm Beach, July 13, 2014.

“Our goal is to provide as many at-risk kids as possible with an opportunity to attend our camps at no cost,” said Otis Birdsong, a four-time NBA-All-Star, who leads the camp along with NBA great Michael Ray Richardson. “But the camp provides much more than just teaching kids basketball fundamentals and that is why we have invited the fine people of IYF to educate the campers on the hazards of drug and alcohol abuse.”

Michael Ray Richards and Otis Birdsons

According to IYF, drugs and alcohol abuse is very prevalent in the south Florida community, especially among those most susceptible including teenagers and young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 50% of high school seniors do not see the harm in trying crack or cocaine once or twice. Nearly 40% believe it’s not harmful to use heroin on one or multiple occasions.

Images of drug abuse and effects on the human body

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Visuals

About Ball Stars Youth Camp
Ball Stars Youth Camp is entering its 7th year under the leadership of NBA All Stars Otis Birdsong and Micheal Ray Richardson. The camp is free and teaches basketball and important life skills to underserved teens in the local community. More than 90% of the campers are from single-parent and/or low-income households in Riviera Beach and Belle Glade.

About Inspirations for Youth
IYF is a premier teen addiction treatment center. The rehab facility treats teens with drug and alcohol addiction in a unique real-world approach, where its clients are often engaged in day-trips to attend Major League Baseball and National Football League games, as well as beach and deep sea fishing excursions. This form of recreational therapy teaches teens in recovery critical life and team building skills that are necessary to achieve happiness and become a productive member of the society. For more information contact Inspirations for Youth at (954) 376-4783 or visit the web site at www.inspirationsyouth.com.