CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Friday hundreds of boys and girls lived out their dreams on the basketball court with a little help from Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz and his T.R.U Foundation, who held a free all-day basketball camp at his old high school, North Clayton High.
Among the boys and girls was the 12-year-old son of the woman who was caught in the crossfire shooting at a liquor store in College Park just last week. Mashona Roberts, 35, died and left six children behind. When community activist Torrey Tomlinson of O.N.E Entertainment and Keith Lewis, Jr. of "I'm a Father F1rst" heard about the shooting, they invited the little boy to 2 Chainz's event.
"When I first heard, I was very excited because I felt as though my skills should be put to use," Jonny Roberts said.
Johnny, 12, is just one of the many children who got one-on-one basketball coaching at TRU 2 Hoops. Each child was given a jersey, shoes and food for the game. The children were even able to ask questions to WNBA player Angel McCoughtry.
The free camp, hosted by 2 Chainz and T.R.U Foundation, was open to children 10 to 13 years old. 2 Chainz was there and he got in on the fun by showing off some of his skills and speaking to the children. He also met with Johnny privately. We asked 2 Chainz what he feels needs to change to end violence in the community.
"I just think we need to start making positivity cool again. I think a lot of people feed into negativity on different social media platforms and we just have to make positivity cool again," he said.
Johnny said he's going to use this experience to make the best out of life.
"I'm going to use that as an advantage to see how short life can be but I'm going to use it to where I can play my best without thinking about it. Since she didn't get to see me play, I'm going to play as hard as I can and I hope that she will."
The rapper said he holds this event, in part, because it's positive.
"It's a good environment, positive vibes, my way of giving back and doing something I like to at the same time," he said.