Basketball camp on West Side keeps kids busy at night: ‘It’s what I’d call a safe haven’

Ron ‘Yung’ Henderson (center, in red) is among three men who helped start the Night Shift basketball camp at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in East Garfield Park.

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Drequan Barnett takes the pass behind the 3-point line. He crosses right past one defender, left on another and shoots before a third defender can reach him. The ball wobbles coming off his hand, but the 13-year-old sinks it.

“Yeah, they say he can ball,” says his smiling mother, Carlessa Ellis, watching from the sideline of the gymnasium at an East Garfield Park church.

Barnett was among about 20 boys playing basketball last week at the Night Shift, a basketball camp held twice a week at the gym, part of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 2622 W. Jackson Blvd.

It was started by Ron “Yung” Henderson, Kevin Miller and Deonte Bell as a way to keep kids off the streets while some parents may be working — which is how it got its name.

The three grew up on the West Side and were inspired by the midnight basketball league they used to play in.

“This is a little bit of what we grew up on,” said Miller, who played at George Westinghouse College Prep.

Night Shift basketball camp co-founders (from left) Kevin Miller, Ron ‘Yung’ Henderson and Deonte Bell started the …read more

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