Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Giving Back To Burque.(Final)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

Ex-Lobo Thomas Enjoys Working With Kids at Camp

His NBA stock continues to skyrocket, but former University of New Mexico star Kenny Thomas remains grounded.

Despite a pivotal time in his professional career, Thomas says he's glad to be in Albuquerque, giving back "something to the community that gave me so much."

"It means a lot to me, coming back here and working with kids," Thomas said Tuesday during his annual youth basketball camp. "I want to let Albuquerque see that I'm trying to help out around here."

The camp, in its fourth year at Rio Grande High School, has exploded from just 134 kids in 2000 to 322 this summer.

Players like guard Gary Payton, who attended Tuesday, are part of the reason. …

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