HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – In 32 years as a youth basketball coach, Boo Williams has guided the likes of Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, JR Reid, Bryant Stith and so many more. While he’s not bashful about that distinction, Boo is also mindful of the major impact his summer league has had on countless other athletes.
“It’s helped countless number of youngsters achieve things they never would’ve achieved,” said Duke University men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski, who’s says he’s known Boo for “decades.”
Boo’s AAU summer league is the reason as many as 700 basketball players, both girls and boys, have received college basketball scholarships, and thus a college education. “I think the biggest impact, the legacy, was that we did something for the kids in the hampton Roads community,” said Boo.
On top of that, his many tournaments of the summer help bring hotel revenue into Hampton, while also keeping kids off the streets. After his many years of service to the community, Boo received the Mannie Jackson basketball Human spirit award for community service from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
He received the honor along with NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and former University of Tennessee women’s head coach Pat Summitt.
“Especially in coaching, it means you have to have done more than just won games, it’s the manner in which you’ve won the games,” said Krzyzewski, “As a result, your community is so positively affected, and that’s what he’s done.”