‘DeMarcus A. Cousins Day’ Declared in Mobile, Alabama
Welcomed by Alabamans, DeMarcus Cousins celebrated Team USA’s gold medal victory with a community focus in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
Cousins hosted a free basketball camp at his alma mater, LeFlore High School, with instruction by the gold medalist himself. A DMC-led question-and-answer session capped the camp, but the big man’s involvement with the hometown community had just begun.
No. 15 sponsored a panel discussion labeled “Break the Silence, Build the Trust: A Conversation on Police and Community Relationships” alongside local community leaders and the Mobile Police Department. The panel centered on a desire to improve the relationships between police and community – marking the second such event Boogie has taken part in.
“The beginning to correcting all of our mistakes is communication,” said Cousins.
DeMarcus’ insight and actions throughout his time in Mobile were well-received by many, including key members of Mobile’s city officials. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson presented No. 15 with an Exceptional Citizenship Award while Ricardo Woods, attorney for the city of Mobile, declared Saturday (September 3) as DeMarcus A. Cousins Day in the city.
U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne from Alabama’s 1st Congressional District took to the floor of the House to recognize DMC for his on-court play with the Olympians, and more importantly, his commitment to Mobile.
“While his play on the court is to be commended, I was more impressed by DeMarcus’ work back home in Alabalma,” said Byrne.
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) September 8, 2016