CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) - When it comes to boys hoops in Cairo, Georgia, Cliff Hammonds will forever be recognized as one of the best to play the game. He's a former AAAA State Player of the Year for the Syrupmakers before stand-out careers at Clemson and overseas.
Hammonds never forgets where he came from, and on Friday at Cairo High School, Hammonds' 6th Annual Skillz Camp came to a close.
Hammonds, along with a few of his former teammates, hosted close to 75 kids for this year's camp, and while expanding their basketball knowledge is the main goal, Hammonds also aims to teach them life lessons.
"I want them to leave knowing that each and every day they have to put in the work, whether it's off the court or on the court," he said Friday. "In the classroom, at home with their parents, you have to work to reach a level you need to be at in any type of field that you're in."
"He's the only one to really make it from here, you really can't catch anybody from here that really made it," said camper Kobe Hunter. "It makes me want to go harder and do the same things he did."
Hammonds said his immediate goals are to continue playing basketball at the highest level he can, and of course, keep giving back to Cairo.