For his senior project, Grovetown High School’s Austin Madigan wanted to be a difference-maker.
So, during spring break, Madigan joined forces with William Avery to help run a basketball camp at Evans Middle School. It was the third of three events Madigan joined in with Avery to help raise money for the Augusta Warrior Project.
The idea to raise money for veterans was inspired by his father, who reached out to Avery for help for his son.
“My dad was actually a disabled vet and he’s also a basketball coach so I kind of put the two together,” Madigan said.
He was appreciative of Avery’s help.
“My dad is pretty close to him and he does these camps every couple of weeks, so he decided to help me out and I’m very thankful for that,” Madigan said.
The first event was a free basketball skills clinic on March 22 with those in attendance donating items that were ultimately packaged and sent to deployed troops. The second was a night of alumni basketball games between six high schools in Richmond County on April 4, followed by Avery’s four-day camp for boys and girls from ages 6 to 14.
Avery, whose Will Avery Camps are sponsored by the Augusta Metro Youth Foundation, thought Madigan did well on his senior project.
“He wants to do sports management in college and he’s done a really good job for me these past three weeks,” said Avery. “I think he’s really learned a lot. He sees it’s not easy putting these things together and he definitely appreciates the process a lot more than he did coming in.”
Also working the camp were athletes from across the county including Evans’ McKenna Lawrence, Greenbrier’s Jakob Nelson and Madigan’s brother Dakota, who goes to Harlem.
Campers enjoyed what they were getting from their time on the court during the week.
“I like it because it helps me learn moves for the future,” said 11-year-old Desmond Chavous from North Augusta.
Alec Jones, 10 from Richmond County, learned new dribbling skills and was a fan of going head-to-head with others.
“I like competition and that’s what we do,” Jones said.
The whole process left Madigan satisfied.
“It’s amazing,” Madigan said. “It feels good because not only am I helping wounded veterans but I’m working with kids and that helps me in the long run. These are great kids. For them just to be here and participate, helping me with my senior project and benefitting them for basketball, it’s a good thing.”