About 75 people filed into the Hinesville Econo Lodge last Saturday for the Scott’s All-Stars team banquet.
Team founder and coach Marcus Scott said players were recognized for academic and athletic accomplishments as community members mingled and visited.
“We wanted the community to see the great work these kids are doing not only on the basketball court, but also in the classroom,” Scott said. “The kids all talked about what they wanted to do in the future, which college they wanted to attend and the importance of being drug-free.”
The coach said his players have discussed anti-drug campaigns
“Each child did a presentation on what their anti drug was and why they choose to abstain from drugs,” Scott said.
Students introduced two speakers, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas and Attorney General Thurbert Baker. The coach said both men offered the children sound and practical life advice.
“Coach Darryl (West) and myself also spoke,” Scott said. “I think they learned that they can be anything they want to be if they have the grades and remain drug free.”
The All-Stars also have been keeping busy on the court. Montaye Frasier, Marcus Scott V and Desmond Brown attended Chris Paul’s basketball camp June 14-17 and visited local colleges.
Chris Paul is a former NBA player, and the children were able to interact with him and have their photos taken.
Camp drills focused on ball handling, passing, defense, rebounding, shooting and layups. After drills, players competed against other teams at the camp. The All-Stars also visited Wake Forest and UNC School of Arts.