Former LA Laker and Buffalo Native Willie "Hutch" Jones is a perfect example of a not only giving back to the neighborhood that raised him, but a hands-on mentor to our kids. 

Today on the Afternoon show, we talked about black celebrities giving back to their community after making it big. Most agree that there is no set obligation for those with money to give hand outs to the ghetto, but opportunities is what most Buffalo residents need and want from these millionaires.


A few weeks ago I was invited to witness the first day of the 28th annual Willie Hutch Jones Summer Camp. At this FREE program, Buffalo-area youth are provided T-Shirts, healthy snacks and instruction from some of the areas strongest leaders. Every week this summer, kids are invited to participate in different clinics including, but not limited to basketball, track, golf, chess, soccer, crew, volleyball, football, tennis, and tap dance.

Amongst the coaches is his wife  Tamika Hunter-Jones and  Rick James' brother Chairman LeRoi Johnson - locally known as "The Man" for his many contributions to several community organizations. There is also a Youth Advisory Board, which gives teens a chance to step up and give back at an early age.

In addition to serving as the President of the Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Program, Mr. Jones continues teaching and coaching in the Buffalo Public School System and reaching out helping children in need. Recently, Hutch was awarded the Father Baker Award, Black Achievers in Industry Award, Westside Rowing Club Community Services Award and the Buffalo Masters outstanding Contributor Award.

When asked: "Why are you still giving a free Sports Clinic after 28 years?” he genuinely responds

Back in 1984 when I was just completing my Professional NBA experience with the Los Angeles Lakers, but still playing basketball in the European Pro League. I had a strong feeling of providing a positive service to my own community, because there were so many other youth that would never have an opportunity to get out of the area unless they had strong positive influences and special training. - Willie "Hutch" Jones

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