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Atlanta Hawks come to Old Fourth Ward for youth initiative.

The Atlanta Hawks came to the Old Fourth Ward Wednesday as part of the sixth-annual Kia Summer Hoops Tour, for a basketball camp with area youth.

The basketball camp at Central Park, sponsored by Kia Motors Corp., aims to get kids to focus on building those same skills on the court — teamwork, responsibility and education — that are found in life.

It was also part of Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall’s , which is focused on the teens and pre-teens who live in the Boulevard corridor.

Hall's program is aimed at taking a multi-pronged approach to the social and economic ills that affect the stretch of Boulevard that runs from Freedom Parkway to Ponce de Leon Ave.

The Hawks shared a little of what happened at the camp with East Atlanta Patch in the accompanying video.

The Hawks will offer 20 such Kia-sponsored clinics across metro Atlanta this month.

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