Read the testimonials of not only those who attend our programs, but from parents and ambassadors as well.

Participant Feedback:

“I’m 17, and I had a lot of fun learning to dribble with my left hand, switching back and forth. Motivation from Gary Payton and it was just a lot of fun.”
“I’m 14 years old, what I learned from this camp was not to be followers. Make your own goals and be your own self.”
“I’m 12 years old, and I learned at camp you don’t have to think about what everyone says just do what you gotta do to get it done. And you need to set goals to get out of here. And you need to do hard work.”
“I’m 12 years old, I just got done with Gary Payton basketball camp. And you know what I learned that you got to break yourself down to bring yourself back up. And how far you go up is how much you can fall down. So always do the right thing and never give up.”

Parent Feedback:

Chelsi Vanderbug: 

“It was a lot of work to get my son and daughter here, but I knew it would pay off. All the staff and coaches of this camp are people who really care about the youth. They had very good speeches about their journeys in life and provided lots of motivation on the importance of education and making good choices. Gary Payton was all about getting the right message to the youth about how they are our future. I was very impressed. My kids truly enjoyed this camp and opportunity to attend.”      

Rise Above Ambassador Feedback:

Gary Payton:

“It’s been a pleasure for me to be here today. This gave me the experience to go back home and be able to say that I worked with a group of kids who love the game of basketball, but who love themselves even more. I love and admire each and every one of you. I hope that when I come back, all of you who are here today will be able to tell me your goals in life and plans to achieve them. Everything will not always go your way. There will be both losses and wins, like with basketball, but if you give everything your best shot and learn the lessons along the way, you will come out a winner.”