Professional basketball player and Griffin High graduate Brent Petway donated 50 books to the Spalding Collaborative’s Little Free Library initiative.
The donation includes a collection of high-interest readers for primary scholars, from Scholastic Books — including his biography titled “I Believe I Can Fly and So Can You.” It is a series telling of “Brent’s plight to become an professional basketball player,” written by his mother, Dr. Angela E. Burse.
He now understands the importance of reading, Burse said.
“You’ve got to read to be successful, she said. “So many athletes don’t focus on reading.”
He wanted to look back and give back to the community where he grew up, his mother said. “We thought this was a great opportunity.”
Petway graduated from Griffin High in 2003, playing on the state championship basketball team that year. He attended the University of Michigan on a basketball scholarship, playing on the NIT championship team there.
He played in the NBA Developmental League and his 10-year professional career so far includes a year with the Harlem Globetrotters, and playing professionally in France, Italy, Turkey and Greece, where he currently plays for Aris Thessaloniki.
Brett Bell accepted the donation on behalf of the Collaborative, saying “we sincerely appreciate this contribution. Any time he he wants to give more, we’ll gladly accept them.”
Bell noted there’s still a dire need for children’s books encouraging people to drop off children’s books anytime at drop-off sites at First National Bank and outside the Women’s Center at WellStar Spalding Regional.