“This is just my way of giving back,” Martin said.
Of all the young athletes who attend the camp, Martin hopes to have the biggest influence on the youngest kids.
“In the morning there are a lot of 5 to 12 year olds,” Martin said. “We do a lot of hands-on work with those kids because they need to get it the first time around. We teach them the rules that we use within our recreational department.”
Then the focus with the teenagers is getting them better equipped to win a spot on a basketball team.
“I want these kids to learn what it takes to make the school ball team,” Martin said. “Some coaches will tell you specifically this is what you got to do to make my team. So whatever they come back with after they got cut or something like that, we work on that skillset as well.”
After all of the drills are completed, Martin said he just hopes the kids have a deeper appreciation for the ball going through the hoop.
“I ask all of my kids to respect the game of basketball because it gave me a free college education,” Martin said. “It allowed me to play 10 years professionally and bring this to them.”
After three years as basketball coach at New Creation Christian, where the team won an ICSGA title in 2013, Martin will now assume the varsity boys’ head coaching position at Woodland High School this year. He is replacing David Bice, who retired.
“My friend Kevin Ollie told me to get some Georgia high school basketball experience under my belt because you never know where it will take you,” Martin said. “That is another reason I jumped at the opportunity to have this.”
Last season, the Wolfpack had a 10-16 record.
“I accepted the challenge of trying to get Woodland back on track,” Martin said.
A graduate of Russell High and Clark Atlanta University, Martin was a three-time champion in the CBA.