Tre Holloman just finished his freshman season as a point guard for the men’s basketball team at Michigan State University, and the former Cretin Derham Hall star is already giving back to the community.
Last month, the 2022 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year held the first annual Basketball Skill & Drills with the Tre Holloman clinic at Oxford Community Center in St. Paul for children ages 8-15.
The co-ed clinic was free, and featured current and former basketball greats leading participants in skills and drills. The clinic concluded with a 3-on-3 tournament, a free lunch and t-shirts, and a question and answer session with Holloman.
“I’m hoping that with camp, they [youth] can make their dreams a reality,” said Holloman, who engaged with participants in all activities. “I just want to inspire them,” he continued. “They definitely inspire me.”
Donnie Diaz, a 2000 graduate of St. Paul Johnson, who excelled in football and basketball during his prep career, had two of his sons at the camp.
“This is a good camp,’ he said. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids to learn about basketball and life skills.”
“We need this in St. Paul,” said former St. Paul Central girls basketball standout and 1996 graduate Toya Poole. “The kids learn about more than just basketball. Any event in which Crystal Flint [Holloman’s mother] is involved is an event my children will participate in.”
Holloman indicated that there was one person who was very instrumental in the clinic coming to fruition—his mother.
Flint, a former University of Minnesota women’s basketball standout during the 1990s, is program manager of girls basketball through the Sanneh Foundation, one of the sponsors of the camp.
Holloman thanked her and reaffirmed his motivation for developing the clinic. “I want to give thanks to my mom,” he said. “She helped make this all possible. It’s all about giving back.”