Bradley wants to give back with Skills Academy

Bradley wants to give back with Skills Academy
May 29, 2014, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON — When Avery Bradley came to Boston four years ago, he had many goals.

With the Avery Bradley Skills Academy coming to fruition this summer, Bradley's bucket list just got a little shorter.

The camp, which will cater to children in grades K-8, will be held June 28-30 at UMass-Boston's Clark Athletic Center and August 11-13 at the Reggie Lewis Center.

"I've always wanted to have a camp here in Boston," Bradley told "The kids, they do so much to support me and my teammates during the year. I wanted to do something like this to give back."

Bradley understands the value of having camps for youngsters.

"Getting them started with good fundamentals is important," said Bradley, who was at one point rated as the No. 1 high school prospect in the country. "We'll try to teach them a few things, but the main thing is to have fun. Basketball should always be fun, no matter how old you are."

Although Bradley will be a restricted free agent in a few weeks, he sees his academy as just another example of his desire to get a long-term deal done with the Celtics that will keep him in Boston for a while.

"I love the fans, the front office," Bradley said. "I definitely want to be back."

And if that were to happen, you can add his new contract to Bradley's steadily shrinking bucket list.

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