MOBILE, AL - Sacramento Kings' All-Star DeMarcus Cousins returned to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama and was awarded a key to the city from Mayor Sandy Stimpson.
The 25-year-old Cousins was born and raised in Mobile and this weekend he returned to hold a free youth basketball camp with free eye exams from VSP Vision. He held the same type of camp in Sacramento back in June.
"Teaming up with VSP is helping kids in Sacramento and Mobile see better and provides them with opportunities they may not otherwise receive," Cousins said. "Having good vision is critical both on and off the court."
Mayor Stimpson and Cousins spent two hours touring parts of the city on Friday. Part of Cousins visit was to share his vision of revitalizing Michael Figures Park in his old neighborhood.
The park has become dilapidated and over-run with graffiti, and it no longer serves a purpose for youth within the community.
Cousins, who played at LaFlore High School, is hoping to partner with the city to give the park a makeover. He wants to clean it up and add a new playground, as well as revitalize the basketball court, where currently one hoop is missing from the run-down court. He envisions turning the inner city park into something that would resemble New York's Rucker Park.
The vision of the park restoration project is just the first of many that Cousins has planned for Mobile.
Also included of the hometown tour was a stop-off at Pritchard Prepatory, a charter school for elementary students. Cousins and the Mayor stopped in classrooms to visit with children and pose for pictures.
"Me growing up, I wish I would have had a chance to interact with an NBA player," Cousins said. "This is just my way of giving back to them."
Cousins Elite Skills Camp will conclude on Sunday which will be followed by a public reception, where he and VSP Vision will be honored publicly by the city.
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