BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Congratulations to the Birmingham Kings basketball team–they’re this week’s One Team at a Time!
The mental picture of a coach is an older leader with decades of knowledge and experience. Then there’s JaDarius McCray, head coach to the Birmingham Kings.
“Uhh, they be like where’s the coach? So we be, we laugh around and I say I’m the coach and everything. We laugh and joke around and the first thing they say is how old am I and I’m like, ‘I’m 21.”
But he sees the big picture like an old soul.
“I wanted to get into coaching, and that’s one of the things I’m actually going to school for, and my main thing was I wanted to create a better opportunity for them.”
And that can be tough. Being 21 and still in college means McCray pays out of pocket for a lot. So CBS 42 and Hibbett Sports decided to chip in.
Tina, head coach at Hibbett Sports over in Fultondale and CBS42 brought the team $1,000 worth of new equipment.
“So we’ll be able to use this equipment, you know, to the best of our abilities–be able to take flight with the jerseys, the socks, that’s game wear!” McCray said.
If you know a team that is deserving of being selected as a One Team at a Time recipient, have them fill out the application at this link for a chance to be selected.