Humbled Hearts hosting camp

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lamayn Wilson is an American professional basketball player for Ironi Nes Ziona B.C. of the Israeli Basketball Super League.

After finishing his collegiate career at Troy University in 2002, Wilson started his professional career in Latvia. He has also played for basketball teams in Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine, China, Turkey, Philippines Puerto Rico and Georgia.

That’s a rather impressive resume for a young man from rural Highland Home in Crenshaw County, Ala.

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With collegiate and professional on-court experience like that, Wilson could charge more than a few dollars to coach young people in his sports. But, he doesn’t.

In fact, Wilson will share his talents with local kids, ages eight to 18 at a free basketball camp sponsored by Humbled Heart, Inc., a wellness foundation that is chaired by his wife Dana Wilson.

The free basketball camp will be from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 at the Troy Recreation Center and is open to ages eight through 18.

To register, call 334-722-0440 and leave a message with the name of the parent or guardian, the child’s name and age, a contact number and the T-shirt size.

Campers should wear sports gear and sneakers. Snacks will be provided

“This camp is Lamayn’s way of giving back to the community that he loves,” Wilson said. “He is from Highland Home, but he considers Troy home, too. He loves the people here. He loved kids and he loves playing basketball and coaching kids.”

Wilson said the camp is another way that Humbled Hearts is “Motivating Others Through Christ (MOTC).”

“Humbled Hearts is a non-profit organization that has MOTC as its mission,” she said. “We have offered a nutrition and wellness clinic at the Troy Nutrition Center free of charge for the participants. We have provided financial assistance to those who don’t have medical insurance. Humbled Hearts awarded our first student/athlete scholarships to students at Highland Home and Ariton.”

Wilson said Humbled Hearts has provided mentoring services at Goshen High School.

“We are very involved in the community and are continually looking for ways to be of service to others,” she said. “We partner with local businesses with programs like Walk for Wellness and Wages for Wellness.”

Walmart, Troy Bank & Trust, Chick fil A, Subway and Troy University have partnered with Humbled Hearts on different service projects. Wilson said the support of local businesses is paramount to what Humbled Hearts can do.

“The free basketball camp is another way for us to be involved,” she said. “I’m an athlete, too, and enjoy working with young people on the court. Coaching these kids is an uplifting experience for Lamayn and for me. We both have strong work ethics and want to pass that along to kids. We want them to develop a good work ethic and the desire to pay forward so that others may benefit.”

Wilson had praise for the leadership that is provided in Troy.

“The biggest influence on kids is leadership and the leadership in Troy is outstanding,” she said. “The leaders in Troy and the people of Troy support their community. They give back to themselves through service to others. That’s what Humbled Hearts in doing in sponsoring this free basketball camp for the kids. We hope the kids will come and be encouraged and motivated by the experience.”