Like many of us in the north, eight-year-old Elijah suffered the winter blues. It was too cold outside to play and he was in need of some fun! Elijah’s mom enrolled him in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor where he found that fun he so desperately sought. Fast forward seven years, and today 15-year-old Elijah is more involved in the Clubs than ever. As a junior at Benton Harbor High School, Elijah is now a Club member at the Joel E. Smilow Teen Center.
Last summer, Elijah was voted Most Valuable Player for the Night Court basketball league. This year, he began the 2016 summer season as a first round draft pick, playing for the Pistons. One of his highlights of the Night Court Draft Night was the opportunity to spend some one-on-one quality time with NBA player Wilson Chandler, Forward for the Denver Nuggets and a Benton Harbor native. Chandler’s inspirational words to Elijah made an impact.