Sharone Wright coaches in Europe and lives in Los Angeles.
But his heart and home are in Macon, and that’s the reason he is hosting the Sharone Wright Basketball & Mentoring Achievement Week Camp this week at Southwest. The camp begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday, and Wright, a Macon native and former Southwest standout, is excited about the possibilities.
“This just means so much to me, and I’m really looking forward to it,” Wright said. “I just want to make basketball strong again in Macon, but it’s bigger than that. The mentoring and literacy aspects are so much more important. I see all the local crime and gang situations, and I just think I have to do something.
“With teenage pregnancy and the dropout rate for the high schools, there are things that I can get done, and that makes it special for me to be able to do this.”
Wright played at Clemson and then played in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors before his career was cut short after he was involved in a car accident. He is currently coaching in Europe.
Wright said he hosted a camp before at Southwest when he was still playing in the NBA, but he is taking a much more active role in this week’s camp. It is open to boys and girls ages 8-17, and he expects about 150 campers this week in the camp’s inaugural year.
Wright has lined up Macon native and current Houston Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse to attend the camp, and there are plans to have other guests.
“This camp is about six million times better than the one I did there before because I’m available to do so much more,” Wright said. “Before, I didn’t organize it. I have my hand in every part of this one, and it’s a blessed thing. I want to bring basketball back to prominence and do something special for these kids.”
Contact info for the camp: (909) 233-2230 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org