POSTPONED - Basketball: A Legacy Continues

Saturday, JAN. 30 event highlights the foundation of Clinton High hoops
The Coach Bobby Brock Legacy Group Foundation fund-raiser will be Saturday. JAN. 30, 5-6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Family Life Center, as the group celebrates its fifth anniversary, recognizing veterans and rolling out its new Community Partnership Program.

The possibility of snow and hazardous driving conditions in Upstate South Carolina has caused organizers of the Brock Legacy dinner to postpone the event from this Saturday to SATURDAY, JAN. 30 - same time and place.

 

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Keeping a legacy alive. After the 2014 Brock Legacy Foundation dinner, Clinton High School basketball coaches and players, l-r: Buddy Bridges, Sam Moore, Bobby Brock, Columbus Copeland and J.D. Fuller get together for a photo in the First Baptist Church, Clinton, Family Life Center. The fifth anniversary dinner raising money for the foundation, named in Brock’s honor and dedicated to promoting Red Devil basketball, will be this Saturday, again at First Baptist FLC. - Photo by Vic MacDonald

 

 

The Legacy Group Foundation’s Community Partnership Program recognizes many of Coach Bobby Brock’s former players are currently doing extraordinary well in their personal and professional lives.

They are financial consultants, presidents of corporations, medical doctors, attorneys, authors and Teacher of the Year recipients. However, far too many of our former players are currently struggling with alcohol substance abuse, homelessness, unemployment and mental illness. 

Five years ago when I approached Coach Brock about the idea of honoring him, he said, “The only way I’ll agree to it is if you honor my former players, as well.” 

What better way to show appreciation to former players for their sacrifice, hard work, blood, sweat and tears by connecting them with local community resources so they can rebound from social ills preventing them from living a successful life. 

Our desire is to help them get back on the court and play the real game, the game of life, where they can become champions of their families and their communities.

By far, this is the Foundation’s second most significant cause. Our main priority is developing Clinton High and Middle School boys basketball players by exposing them to opportunities beyond their communities.  Frederick Douglass was right when said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” When you begin to look at the debilitating statistics regarding unemployment, alcohol and substance abuse, each of us shoulder the responsibility for building strong children within our community. 

Our Community Partnership Program will focus on unemployment, domestic violence, alcohol, substance abuse, job training, literacy, parenting skills, financial literacy, career development and fatherhood.  

The primary goal of the Community Partnership Program is to provide our players with resources throughout the community to encourage and assist them with living a successful life. 

 

Recognizing Our Veterans

During our fifth year anniversary event, we will also recognize Coach Brock and former basketball players, from the seventies, who served in the military. We’re requesting the presence of all former players, who played for Clinton High School Basketball during the seventies, to join us Saturday night. We want you to know how much we appreciate and love you for literally laying your life on the line for us, as a community, and our country.

 

Meet The Coach Bobby Brock Legacy Group Foundation Seventies All-Decade Team Members

We will also honor members from the Seventies All-Decade team, which was carefully chosen and selected by a committee and confirmed by Coach Bobby Brock: O’Lester Kinard, Ronald Charles Worthy, Mike “Scamp” Williams, Lucius Pitts, Dickie McSween, Sammy “Star Hawk” Stoddard, Steve Gaines, George Watson, Ben Pitts, Derwent Long, JD Fuller, Columbus Copeland and Dennis Moses. Each player has paved the way for future generations of Clinton High School Boys Basketball. 

Personally, I’m eternally grateful for every single player who played prior to 1976. I truly appreciate and understand history. Nobody gets to their destination without someone laying the foundation.

I believe both Ronald Charles Worthy and Mike “Scamp” Williams came through in the wrong era. If those two young men played in today’s era, without a shadow of a doubt, both of them would have gone from high school directly to the NBA.

It’s mind boggling, when I think about Ronald Charles Worthy scoring 54 points in one game. For nearly 30 years he held the state record, and he played for our high school, Clinton High. I know he did not play professional football, like Kevin Long, but he certainly deserves the same recognition. I’m proud to know this foundation is being used as a vessel to give Mike “Scamp” Williams and Ronald Charles Worthy the recognition they so rightfully deserve.

 

1976 North and South High School All-Star Basketball Game

On Saturday night, we will also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Coach Brock and George Watson winning the North and South All-Star High School Basketball game. 

Watson is one of Clinton High School’s most celebrated basketball players. Capping off his high school, he attended South Carolina State College on a basketball scholarship. Unfortunately, due to health problems, he was not able to continue playing basketball. However, more important, George graduated with a degree in psychology. 

 

Team Managers

We will also recognize individuals who served as team mangers during the seventies. Coach Brock often says basketball is a team game. Personally, I’ve witnessed him spend just as much time with players who received very little to no playing time, as he did with each person in our regularly playing rotation. To Coach Brock, team managers were a critical part to his success.

 

To the Clinton community, come join us as we celebrate our fifth year anniversary. I’m super excited about seeing former players, especially the ones who paved the way for others. 

This is a free event. We decided to make this event free so our community can have an opportunity to be a part of the celebration. Even though the event is free, we have a limited amount of tickets which can be picked up at The Clinton YMCA, Burton’s Barbershop and Whiteford’s restaurant in Clinton. We still appreciate your donations, and as my great friend, Buddy Bridges, always says, “No donation is too small.” Come join us for an evening of celebration, fun, fellowship and great food, catered by Trotter’s Restaurant. 

 
Legacy Foundation sends Clinton High/Clinton Middle boys basketball players to summer camps to enhance their hoops skills. For more information, contact Buddy Bridges, 864-923-2174, or Columbus Copeland, 980-230-1234.

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