BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- When Northeast Mississippi Community College basketball coach Cord Wright was hired eight years ago, one of the aspects of his job raised an eyebrow...a four-day overnight camp for kids grades three through 12. A tradition at NEMCC and now it's one of his favorite activities to run, and after a year of not having it, both Coach Wright and the kids are happy it's back.
"Fun, funner then the last camp we had, this was so fun," 3rd grader D'Kylin Lindsey said.
Today was the last day of camp for young D'Kylin, who was just happy to be out of the house, unlike last summer.
Older campers like Jon Gray Morrisson and Jack Rutherford, are veterans at the NEMCC camp. They definitely felt the void in their summers in 2020 and are happy to be back.
"You get to come out here and have fun with friends," Morrisson said. "And you get to be able to be away from home for a little bit, relax, play basketball."
"I missed it a lot, I came here like four years and I really missed it," Rutherford said.
Getting out of home, it's not just the kids who enjoy that, Jack's mom Ashley Henderson, loved the return of the overnight camp at NEMCC. She dropped off both Jack and his younger brother.
"It felt like things were back to normal," Henderson said. "Especially having two at camp this year, little sister got some only child time so it was nice."
For Coach Wright, he stays in the dorms with the kids during the week, it ain't easy on the ole ball coach, but he's happy to bring the tradition back after a year off.
"It's one of those camps, it's so long, so draining on you, but you look back on it and how much fun we end up having," Wright said. "It's been a long time tradition at Northeast to have this camp, so it's been fun, we missed it and we're glad to have it back."