adidas original gazelle Brandon Ingram Hosts 2nd Annual Back
KINSTON, Lenoir County Brandon Ingram grew up playing basketball at Martin C. Freeman Recreation Center. The current small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers made a trip back home to see the place that gave him his start and giveaway hundreds of book bags to kids before Lenoir County’s first day of school.
It’s part of the Ingram Family’s second annual book bag giveaway, where hundreds of community members come out to enjoy a fun day of food, music, and the chance to meet Brandon, who got to cut the ribbon of the new court inside the Rec Center gymnasium, donated in part by his sponsor, Adidas.
Brandon’s father, Donald, helps run the recreation center and says that he is proud of his son for reaching the level of success that he has.
“All the hard work we put in all the long hours all the time of the night so I was very proud that it was recognized early,” said Donald.
And it was recognized early. Brandon is only 19. After being a leading scorer for Kinston High, he played a semester for Duke, and from there declared he would forgo his last three years of college eligibility and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second overall pick in 2016.
But today Brandon has a chance to give back to his community and help inspire future basketball stars, leaving them with an important piece of advice.
“There’s going to be a lot of people who try to shut your dreams down every time you try to step on this basketball court telling you you’re not good enough or anything like that but I just think stick to your dreams.”