MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Grizzly basketball program started up their third and final summer camp at the University of Montana on Monday. Players and coaches helped teach the fundamentals of the game to kids as young as kindergarten through seventh grade. Everyone involved at the camp says none of this would be possible without the community's support.

"It's awesome you know it tells you that your program is in good shape," said Griz basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle. "I think it really helps build our program and reach out to the community, and even though this is a day camp we have kids from Helena and from the Flathead area so it's neat that they send them down here and hopefully we can teach them a thing or two."

"Its really exciting to see the community want to be a part of it and see what its all about and sending their kids here," said Gonzaga guard and Coach Tinkle's daughter Elle Tinkle. "We're just as excited to be able to share a little bit of our knowledge with them and hope they get something out of it."

During the camp kids learn basics of the game from ball handling to layups. Current Griz basketball players helping out say there's no better feeling then spending time with kids at the camp.

"I think it's always important to interact with the people in the community, interact with the fans, get to meet some of the young guys that come out and watch us play," said Montana guard Jordan Gregory. "It's a good experience for me and I learn a lot from them. It takes a lot of patience and explanation some different things, I enjoy being out here and just interacting with the kids."

"It means a lot to me man," said Montana forward Kareem Jamar. "To just give back to kids, they look up to us and just to show up for a couple hours just to put a smile on their face that's nothing, so to give that back to little kids and to see they know and love the game it's the best part about it."  

The Griz basketball camp runs through Thursday this week, and the Lady Griz will have their summer basketball camp starting up July 15th.