For the first time, DMV native Markelle Fultz allowed cameras inside his life in a special feature for Closeup360.com to capture his love for the game and connection to Hyattsville, MD, his hometown.
Fultz always knew in his mind through high school and college that giving back was a priority especially giving back in his area. He remembered seeing pro athletes now who went to the same high school (DeMatha) as him such as Victor Oladipo, who came back as guest speakers. What crossed Fultz’s mind the most was understanding how when he was a kid these opportunities with pro athletes at a camp weren’t regular.
“Being able to give back to where I grew up at and more specifically at my high school and have a camp for kids that look up to me as a role model is so dope and it’s really genuine,” he said. “It’s being able to interact with these kids because when I was growing up I didn’t really have a chance to really be in a camp with a NBA player or one of my role models. It brings joy to me and makes me feel good about myself. It truly is a blessing.”
And guess who interviewed him? No other than new Wizards color analyst Caron Butler. Check it out here:
For the 1st time, Markelle Fultz, who overcame 2 years of injuries to start 2019 healthy, allowed cameras inside his life to capture his love for the game & connection to his hometown.— CloseUp360 (@CloseUp360) September 25, 2019
#CloseUp with @MarkelleF, featuring CloseUp360 Producer Caron Butler: https://t.co/7aT69gG093 pic.twitter.com/6Ur45TfJTJ