Keldon's a real one. He gets it in terms of work ethic a giving back, setting important examples in both for the kids that benefit from this:
As a thank you to the school for allowing him to use their basketball facilities, Johnson donated a brand-new basketball shooting machine worth about $10,000.
“I didn’t have a shooting machine growing up," said Johnson. "If I could give any advice to these kids, it would be to take every single opportunity to get better. Come into the gym and work hard.”
Johnson puts in plenty of work in the offseason and uses the Lanier High School gym ever since his rookie season. He comes into the Lanier gym bright and early and stays late honing his craft.
It is that type of work ethic that Art Campos, Assistant Basketball Coach at Lanier, hopes his players will take from Johnson's example....
And he is grateful for Johnson's generosity.
Said Campos: "Gym access is not something they always have and a shooting machine isn't what they always have access to. This is big for them."
On hand was Keldon's brother, Kaleb. He says donating the basketball shooting machine and giving back to the San Antonio community was a dream for them.
"This is the dream Keldon and I always had growing up," said Johnson. "To give back to our local community which is San Antonio.”
Joseph Martinez, Head Basketball Coach of Boys Program, is already seeing a huge benefit it'll provide his players.
"It will help tremendously because it will help teach my boys how to shoot properly, with the arc it's kind of hard to imitate it," Martinez said. "It will teach my boys how to shoot and have that arc on the ball!"
I like that the Spurs get family of players involved, too, be it on or off the court, with the organization or in the community. Family.