Herman Harried said he wanted to give something back, so he returned to the basketball courts where he learned the game. The former Dunbar forward is at Cecil-Kirk Recreation Center this week, running a basketball clinic for boys and girls ages 8-13.
"There are a lot of kids who get into trouble because they do not have anything to do," he said. "I see not just basketball, but I see sports as a way to fill some of that time. It can give them something else to look at instead of just wasting their time."
When Harried first walked to the Cecil-Kirk courts from his home on Homewood Avenue when he was 10, his contemporaries included former Dunbar stars and current NBA players Reggie Lewis and David Wingate.
Harried followed them to Dunbar and then to Syracuse, playing the 1986 NCAA championship game and losing to Indiana.
Harried played professionally in England, Portugal and last year in Greece. During the past season, he sustained a stress fracture in his foot and came home to rehabilitate. That's when the clinic was born.
"There are a lot of [coaches from Cecil-Kirk], Anthony Lewis, Vernon Francis, I could go on and on, and they have been here for years doing this. . . . They do more than just coach and talk about basketball . . . they talk about how important school is, how to carry yourself, how to dress, about life.
"That is why this camp is . . . using basketball as a way of promoting growth in youngsters," Harried said.