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Swish! Macon teen goes from player to coach for free basketball camp

17-year-old Molly Lee is sharing her skills from the court to inspire young girls.

A teenager and her mom are keeping their basketball legacy alive by inspiring young girls to take a shot in life.

Cheering crowds and lots of excitement is a familiar atmosphere for 17-year-old Molly Lee.

“I've been playing basketball for as long as I can remember, all the way to varsity,” said Lee.

But for the last two summers she's not one of the starting five. Instead she's the coach.

“My teammate Kate Patterson started this about three years ago. And when she graduated she asked me to take it over,” said Lee.

Molly's mom, Leah Lee said it's been fun watching her daughter take over basketball.

“She even wears my same number at [First Presbyterian Day School]. That's where I played too,” said Leah.

The free basketball camp is for young, inner-city girls between the 3rd and 6th grades.

“They're fun and they teach us new things. So if we ever wanted to be on a basketball team we'll know a lot of things,” said 11-year-old Brianna Mitchell.

10-year-old Antiana Greer said she's learning the fundamentals of the game here at camp.

“B is for balance, E is elbows. Make sure they're straight. And E is for keeping your eyes on the ball,” said Greer.

But the lessons go beyond practice drills from the base line.

Lee said the goal is to teach the girls skills they can use throughout their lives.

“You learn how to have a good attitude and work hard in the sport, and you can apply that everywhere even academics when things get hard,” Lee said.

According to Lee, over past two years she's raised more than $1,000 to help fund the camp each summer.