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Athletes May Band Together to Help Kids
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A basketball camp turned into a brain-storming session.

Sharone Wright is in town and is running a camp at Southwest High School this week.

Earlier this week Macon Mayor Robert Reichert proclaimed a Sharone Wright day.

Thursday County Commissioner Sam Hart met with Wright about ways to help kids down the road.

Wright who played professionally with the 76ers and in Europe has had this summer camp for sixteen years.

The motto is: If you don't get your work done you can't play.

Commissioner Hart approached Wright about expanding the camp to different parts of the city.

Plus there is a longer range goal of getting former players involved with kids.

Hart says guys like Wright have instant credibility with this age group and if they stayed involved throughout the year it might have a positive affect on Macon's graduation rate.

Wright is eager to get on board.

"We want to keep the kids here," Wright said. "If they are here, they can't get into trouble. So that's why we want to take it year round, so we could see our programs built up, our rec centers built up, renovating certain things like that and that's the only way we are going to get the alarming numbers down."

Commissioner Hart says all of this is in the infancy stages but they've already had meetings with Jeff Malone and Roger Jackson.

Natalie White who is an executive with the Atlanta Dream is from Peach County and she is involved with all of these plans too.

Hart says he's still scouting around looking to pull athletes in and thinks they will all get together in the next few months to nail down the next part of the plan.



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