Los Angeles Lakers Corey Brewer takes time for foster kids
LANCASTER, Calif. - One hundred foster kids get a chance to meet an NBA player and get basketball tips in the process.
“It doesn’t matter what your situation is - you can do it if you want to do it. You can be whatever you want to be,” said Los Angeles Lakers' Corey Brewer to Los Angeles County foster kids.
Basketball breaks the ice as he shares his own humble beginnings, including his love for a special friend.
“I had a goat named Billie. My dad got him when I was in fifth grade. I just fell in love with him. He ended up being a pet. He wasn’t supposed to be a pet, but he ended up being my pet and man, I kept him, even when I went to college,” said Brewer.
This is Brewer’s second year to host a basketball clinic for foster youth. He says he just has a heart for kids.
“For me, it’s just to see the kids smile, to be honest. Somebody asked me that the other day like, ‘why would you want to do this?’ Because when I see a kid smile, I probably, it’s just the best feeling in the world,” said Brewer.
“It’s important that somebody like Corey take their time to come and say, ‘you’re important to me. You matter to me and I want to tell you a little about myself and spend some time with you.’ And we know that it’s something they take with them forever," said Lisa Whitecrow, assistant regional administrator for Department of Children and Family Services, Lancaster.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services says they’re hoping those takeaways are generated annually with future Corey clinics. L.A. County foster kids are hoping so too.
“It’s inspirational, you know, anything can happen. Ya, if you put your mind to it, anything is possible," says Daries Preston, age 17.
“He had to work hard but then in the end he got to be somewhere up high, and everyone knew his name," says Athena Hoatson, age 12.
When we asked 16-year-old Shawn Mack what kind of game Corey has against him, he laughs and said, "He's alright. He not better than me, though.”
But Daries feels differently: "I was dribbling and he just blocked my shot. It was like, in the blink of an eye. I was like, ‘man.’”
No matter how good your game, Brewer wants everyone to walk away with the same takeaway.
“Be whatever you want to be. You just have to go out there and do it," said Brewer.