OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - An Okolona native is bringing a nationwide basketball camp back to his hometown.
This week at Okolona High School, students have participated in the "Her Time to Play" program, an initiative with the WNBA and Jr. NBA.
Darrell Hykes, the CEO of the Team America Titans Basketball, is originally from Okolona.
WTVA reporter Chelsea Brown spoke with several camp participants and Hykes on Friday.
"Well, I learned how not to be a ball hog, more passing and dribbling," Kaden Norwood, 10, said.
The camp wrapped up on Friday and Hykes gave out a few awards.
Latavia Johnson earned the Most Improved Attitude award.
"How to go through the cones, how to handle the ball, how to dribble with your right hand and with your left hand," she said of the drills.
Lessons on the court can also prove useful off the court.
"It is a sport designed to teach life skills, teamwork, camaraderie, communication, so many other things," Hykes said.
Participant Javan Pulphus agreed.
"Teach us life lessons that we can use when we get older and out in the real world," he said.
Ashley Donelson, the winner of the Most Improved Athlete award, said, "I made a lot of mistakes, but he [Hykes] said it's good for mistakes because right here you can learn more."
The pandemic impacted the program with gym and visitor restrictions.
"Slight delay but we will get back on track and Okolona gave me the opportunity to get back on track."
Hykes has toured around the country hosting similar basketball camps. He’s ready to travel to more places and teach more kids about the game he loves.