Horatio Williams and the Horatio Williams Foundation has done much to help children and teenagers in Detroit over the years and this past Saturday he was a hit again. The fifth annual Horatio Williams Second Chance Basketball coaches clinic and showcase was another success. The idea behind this is to give seniors in the Detroit area, those who have not received a scholarship offer, another chance to showcase their talents within an all-star game-like format with a number of area college coaches in the stands. Last year Bryan Coleman of Southfield-Lathrup participated and he landed a scholarship with Wayne State. Wayne State coach David Greer and other coaches like Mark White of Adrian College and Antoine Joubert of Oakland Community College were among the coaches on hand to give these players a second look.
Greer and White said that the event gives coaches an opportunity to see players they might not have seen before and perhaps only heard about it.
The night before, at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel Ballroom, the foundation also presented a Coaches Forum for coaches in the Detroit Public School League. Detroit Mercy men’s coach Ray McCallum was the keynote speaker. Other speakers who offered their perspective were Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander, Central Michigan coach Ernie Ziegler and Cleveland State coach Gary Waters.
Both events were well attended and Williams and the sponsors of his foundation are to be congratulated for their efforts in helping youth basketball in Metro Detroit and keeping a dialogue open between college and high school coaches.