Taking advantage of an opportunity to give back to its hometown Louisville community, Drexel Metals is a major sponsor for the Valentine Basketball Camps, scheduled for four week-long sessions this summer.
Robbie Valentine, a member of the 1986 University of Louisville men’s national championship team, has been conducting the camps for kids ages 6-16 for more than 30 years. Some of the guests who will be dropping by during the camps include former Louisville coach Denny Crum, 1986 Louisville team members Milt Wagner and Chris West and 1980 Louisville national championship teammates Tony Branch and Wiley Brown.
“We’ve been doing the camps for 31-plus years and this will be our first year at the KFC Yum Center here in Louisville,” Valentine says. “And it’s not just about basketball. It’s about the kids making better decisions in their lives and maybe getting a job at Drexel Metals someday.”
Other local sponsors include Papa John’s and Vision Works.
“This was a great opportunity for us to be involved with a program that does so much for our kids and families here in Louisville,” says Brian Partyka, president of Drexel Metals. “Robbie is an inspiration and he’s been doing tremendous work for a long time. He’s got a lot of fans here in Kentucky. If you know anything about the state of Kentucky, there is a great passion for the game of basketball, horses, bourbon and a special pride in being from the Bluegrass State. There is nothing better than to help kids in and around the communities where Drexel Metals has locations. This year Drexel Metals sponsored 40 kids that were required to maintain good grades and had parent engagement that otherwise would not have been able to afford or attend Robbie’s basketball camp. We’re very excited to be a part of such a strong program for Louisville youth.”