Knockout Harvey; Hosted by Justise Winslow & Duke MBB!
If you don’t already know, Justise Winslow and the Duke Men’s Basketball program hosted an event over the weekend, to help raise money for the victims effected by hurricane Harvey. With Houston being Justise’s hometown, he wanted to do something to help give back. The event was called “Knockout Harvey”, and anyone could attend with a 10$ donation at the door. Contestants of all ages got the chance to come play a game of knockout in Cameron with the 2017-18 team. It was an absolute dream to be out there on the court, shooting hoops with the players. Although I may not be the most talented at basketball, it was so much fun. Especially because I had some help from Marquese Bolden and Justin Robinson. They were super good sports about how terrible I was, and I think they also had fun laughing at me together. Over all, we (my sister, Troy and I) got to meet about eight or nine of the players, and got to snag some pictures with a few to.
My main goal of attending this event was to get my little sister to meet Grayson Allen, and for myself to meet Justise. Elizabeth, who has been mentioned and featured in several posts, is a HUGE Grayson Allen fan. Also, this was basically a surprise birthday present from me to her (which is in two weeks). So, knowing that Grayson would be there, my plan was to do whatever I had to do to get her a picture with him. My plan ended up falling through and not happening until the very last second, and I mean the very last second when we were walking to the car to leave. We had spent all day at Cameron, just having the best time. We easily met everyone we wanted to, except Grayson. Everyone there flocked around him like he was a celebrity (which he basically is at Duke). If he wasn’t dealing with that, then he was doing interviews with Duke Blue Planet every ten minutes. Let’s just say it was super hard to get a hold of him, and if you got the chance to do so then you were super lucky. As the event was ending, we ended up stopping by the Duke Basketball Museum. This was my sister’s first time to Cameron so we had to show her everything possible before we left. On the way out, we ran into Trevon Duval, talked for a few and took some pics to end our day.
We all couldn’t be happier with how perfect and fun the day went, minus the one little upset of not meeting Grayson (yet). But, we weren’t letting that be a negative factor in our trip, we kept a positive mindset of how well everything else went. As we started our walk back to the car, Troy just happened to randomly turn around at the same exact time that Grayson was sneaking out of the back of Cameron. Our guess was that he was trying to let the fans clear out before he decided to leave. In that moment when Troy turned around he instantly said, “oh shit, it’s Grayson Allen”. All I had to hear was his name and I took off running at him. I was not about to let him get away from us, AGAIN. As I approached him I yelled out his name and he stopped to say hello and take pictures. Elizabeth was speechless. She ran up to him, gave him the biggest hug and Grayson being so kind, hugged her back and complimented her “I Love Grayson Allen” t-shirt. I could not believe it happened that way, but everything usually works out for the best in those situations if you stay hopeful. The craziest part about all of this is, if we had not wasted time at the museum, or talking to Trevon, or even Troy not turning around, none of this would have happened.
The ending of the day was just icing on the cake. We are so blessed and lucky to be able to have attended this event in the first place. Most importantly, how we were able to help the victims of hurricane Harvey by doing so. I hope Duke does something again like this in the future. A big thanks to Justise Winslow and Duke’s MBB program for this opportunity, this day was definitely one for the books.