A Raleigh county native who went on to become a professional basketball player is returning home to give back.
Michael Fortune is from Beckley and was a high school standout during his time at Woodrow Wilson. Back in 2008, he led the men’s Flying Eagle’s basketball team to win the 2008 State Championship Title. After playing three years professionally overseas in Australia, he is now looking to give back, by hosting a free basketball camp and toy drive for kids in Beckley. He said it’s all part of his Fortunate Hoops Foundation’s mission which aims to create opportunities for at risk youth in the community.
” What I’ve learned and being from here, these kids need a role model and they need someone to give them experience and let them know that what ever they want to do they can do,” Fortune said.
“And it seems that Beckley is not having that too much and so what better way to do it than through what I love basketball and you know just doing a little toy drive session.”
The one day camp includes teaching life lessons and the fundamentals of basketball.
The camp is free and will be held next Friday, Jan. 5, 2017 at The Place For Kids in Beckley.
Ages 5-9 is from 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. and Ages 10-14 is from 7:45-9:15 p.m.
Those who attend are encouraged to bring a new or used toy that will be donated to the Salvation Army and Red Cross for kids in need.