On a Thursday morning in late July, loud voices echo throughout Harrisburg High School’s Kimber Gymnasium. It’s not basketball season, but over 130 teens, both male and female, are in line for warm ups. Long and short arms are stretched towards the floor. Everyone counts aloud, but some of these players lack conviction. Suddenly a 6-foot-7-inch coach stops the count, unsatisfied, and tells them all to begin again.read more
Originally from Maryland Lawrence Hamm Jr., moved to Harrisburg along with his mother where he attended John Harris High School. Lawrence admits that he wasn’t popular or one of the cool kids but the training he received from coaches such as Des Mangus, Kirk Smallwood, and many others, stuck with him as he started building his image as an athlete. As a result of his desire to give back to the community that gave him his start on the road to success, Mr. Hamm started the Harrisburg Hamm Camp.
The original Hamm Camp actually started over a decade ago when during his summer breaks from high school, Lawrence would spend time in Maryland with his father who always checked on his progress throughout the year. It was Lawrence Hamm Sr. who put Lawrence Hamm Jr. through the original “Hamm Camp”, which consisted of drills that would focus on Lawrence Hamm Jr’s weaknesses and prepare him for the future, thus giving Lawrence Hamm Jr. the ground work for his Hamm Camp today.read more
Growing up as youngsters in Harrisburg, Lawrence Hamm and Danny Lansanah didn’t have much faith in many of the older athletes. The ones who were fortunate enough to reach the next level, whether it was the collegiate or professional ranks, rarely came back to give back to the community.
Now adults, who were blessed with opportunities in pro sports, both Hamm and Lansanah are doing their part by serving as true role models for the youth of Harrisburg.read more