Mackey, a former NBA first-round pick and Georgia Tech star, said giving back to the McDonough and East Point communities is something he believes in.
“I think everyone has a duty to do some kind of charity,” Mackey said. “Everyone should take some time to help someone else in need, and not just within his or her family.”
Mackey grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., but found a home when he received a scholarship to Georgia Tech after high school. Mackey has lived in McDonough since 1996.
“I never really left,” he said. “I may have gone off to play pro ball in the NBA and overseas, but this has always been my home.”
Mackey and his wife, Jennifer Mackey, raised their two children, Jasmine, 20, and Malik, 16, in the area and he said he does not plan on leaving any time soon.
Mackey said he annually volunteers at the Bull Martin Basketball Camp. The Bull Martin camp is more than a basketball camp. Campers learn about life lessons and Mackey said he enjoys talking with the campers every time he goes.
“We are always trying to improve ourselves as men and I am trying to share whatever knowledge I have with these kids,” Mackey said. “I am just doing God’s work.
Mackey is the general manager of the East Point Jaguars in the newly reformed American Basketball Association. The association disbanded after nine years in existence from 1967 to 1976, but is making a comeback in the 2013 season.
Mackey said he is trying to use basketball to help the surrounding area.
“My vision is to use basketball to do some community service,” Mackey said. “This is not just about what I do for the community, but what the Jaguars can do for the community.”
Mackey and the Jaguars will hold a free basic skills camp Sept. 15 at the Jefferson Gym of East Point from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp is for athletes ages 4 through 16.
Mackey said the Jaguars are looking for sponsors. The business is 501c3 classified.