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Clyde Turner, founder of the Clyde Turner Educational Basketball Camp, a coach, mentor and community advocate

Especially close to his heart is the Clyde Turner Educational Basketball Camp, which he founded twenty eight years ago to focus on urban children. To date, the camp has served over 10,000 boys and girls in the Twin Cities area.
Clyde says“Every time a young voice speaks, a more mature ear should listen and hear.” 

  • 2013-2014 key speaker on time management, leadership, study habits, motivation and goal setting at key high school basketball programs.
  • 2011-2013 Executive Director of Sabathani Community Center
  • Clyde Turner has been selected to receive the 2009 University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development’s, Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is presented by the college annually, to one individual, in acknowledgement of outstanding achievement in career, community engagement efforts, or other work that contributes to the education and human development of others.In 2007 he became the Manager of the Ramsey County Family Services Division, composed of the Child Foster Care, Adult Foster Care, Adoption & Guardianship and Child Care units.
  • Clyde Turner has served on the board of the Phyllis Wheatley organization, the YMCA, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota organization, and the National Foster Parent organization’s Board of Directors.
  • In 2002 Clyde was selected by Ramsey County Human Services to be the Manager of the Intake Division of the Child Protection unit.
  • In 1994, Clyde co-founded the Past Athletes Concerned about Education (PACE) organization to work with Twin Cities public schools, mentoring and tutoring thousands of students, with a special focus on students of color experiencing academic and social problems. Learn more at
  • 1988 to 2002, Clyde worked as Associate Director of Family Alternatives, a private foster care agency located in Minneapolis that worked with the various county systems, the host contract being provided by Hennepin County.
  • In 1976 Clyde began his family advocacy career as a caseworker with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. He was promoted to Supervisor in 1987.
  • Clyde Turner was recruited as a student athlete in 1970 to attend the University of Minnesota. While pursuing his academic credentials, he excelled as a star U of M basketball player from 1971-’73. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA and played several years in Europe from 1973-’75. Clyde returned to the U of M to receive a bachelor’s degree in education in 1976, and again returned to the U of M in 1984 to earn a MSW degree in social work in 1986.

Larry McKenzie, a coach, educator, author and motivational speaker.

Coach McKenzie has helped thousands of young people achieve new levels of success, not only champions on the court, but more importantly, champions in the game of life. He has been a coach, educator, author and mentor.

• Current Head Coach of North High School and has been Head Coach for Minneapolis Patrick Henry Boy’s Basketball team for nine seasons

• The only coach to win four straight state titles in the 102-year history of Minnesota State Boys Basketball tournament 

• The team also showed tremendous improvement in the classroom, increasing the team GPA from 1.6 to a team GPA of 3.1. In just two years 95% of the players had made the A or B honor roll

• All of the Patriot’s seniors under Coach McKenzie’s watch enrolled in an institution of higher learning with the majority playing college basketball

• Just a few of Coach McKenzie’s many accolades include being named Section and Region Coach of the Year three consecutive years: 1999, 2000, and 2001. In 2001 he was also named Class AAA Coach of the Year, and selected by the NFHSC as Minnesota Basketball Coach of the Year

• Coach McKenzie previously served as the Executive Director of Hospitality House Youth Directions in North Minneapolis for five years

Charles Hallman, coach, educator, mentor and community advocate.

Charles Hallman has been involved with the Clyde Turner Basketball Camp since 1987. 

• Educator, mentor, community advocate and blogger

• Assistant Basketball Coach at Minneapolis South High School for over twelve years

• Has worked with the Big Ten Basketball Conference, Timberwolves, Lynx, and the U of M

• Sports writer for the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder newspaper

Shelly Byers, a website designer, marketing director and business strategy development expert.

Shelly Byers has donated her time to the great cause Clyde Turner stands behind by creating an online website and community for Clyde Turner's Basketball Camps schedules, photo gallery and activities highlights. Click here for your website development needs.