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NBA duo takes over Liberty City

admin | 1/12/2012, 11:36 a.m.

Recently the NBA came to Liberty City. Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat and Keyon Dooling, former Heat player, visited Miami Northwestern Senior High School [1100 NW 71st Street] to speak to neighborhood children and to pass out food. My history with the school runs really, really deep, Haslem said. My mom went here, God rest her soul, she passed away. My father went to school here, my brother went to school here and my sister went to school here. I have other family members that went to other schools, but my family is embedded in this community. I was born in the Liberty City community then moved away, but my heart and soul is always going to be here. The duo participated in a shoot around with the children, assisted them in their basketball game and discipline skills and spoke with them to motivate and encourage them to accomplish and meet their goals. At the end of the day, I just want to be known as a hard-working guy who was just a pleasure to be around and impacted the community in a good way, Dooling said. At the end of the day if Im able to be known for that, I know I can sleep well at night. There were also free signed posters and other giveaways. Stan Williams, who attended the event with his eight-year-old son, Brandon said he is appreciative of events like this. This is very good for our communities, he said. These kids look up there these players. As a father, I have a lot of impact on my son but they do too. My son loves basketball and that is what he wants to do when he gets older. Just seeing these guys taking the time out to come in to our community and speak means the world to him. By Randy Gricergrice@miamitimesonline.com