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- calling_the_hogs - 07-10-2003 09:48 PM
Good to see a HOG giving back, especially when he's among the most famous and heralded athletes in UA history.
Williamson Hopes Legends Event Will Be Bigger, Better
By JAY HUGHES
Associated Press Writer
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- NBA star and former Arkansas Razorback Corliss Williamson says the success of his first Legends in the Rock charity fund-raiser prompted him to make it bigger and better this year.
The events get under way Wednesday, with the start of a youth basketball camp.
Williamson signed autographs with fellow former Razorback Scotty Thurman in Little Rock on Tuesday. Williamson said he was initially inspired to create the event by the example set by former Green Bay Packer Keith Jackson when he created his youth group, P.A.R.K.
"I was trying to figure out a way I could give back," he said.
Williamson said last year's inaugural fund-raiser brought in about $90,000. He hopes to surpass that with an expanded schedule of events in the second year.
Last year, Legends in the Rock included a one-day basketball camp and a celebrity exhibition basketball game featuring former Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock and professional players.
In addition to Saturday's game, the basketball camp for ages 7-18 will last three days this year and there will be a silent auction and dinner Friday night at P.A.R.K., which provides educational opportunities for children in the Little Rock and North Little Rock area.
Williamson and Thurman, both stars of the Razorbacks' 1994 NCAA championship team, will play in the exhibition. Williamson wouldn't give the full roster Tuesday.
"We've got a few surprises, but we can't announce them," he said.
Thurman, who now spends eight months a year playing pro basketball in Lebanon, compared the game to a reunion.
"It's been a while since I played with some of those guys, so I'm looking forward to it," he said.
Williamson said last year's game at Alltel Arena drew about 5,500 spectators and he hopes that will increase to 7,500 this time. He also hopes the basketball camp will increase from about 400 participants to as many as 700.
Proceeds from Legends in the Rock will go to Arkansas Children's Hospital, the state Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, the Russellville Boys and Girls Club, the Tidwell Project, a charity targeting youth, and P.A.R.K.