Meridian, Miss. The Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi hosted its "Celebration of Excellence" dinner this evening at Meridian's Frank Cochran Center.
The event raises money for the organization, and this year marks the 25th anniversary for the Boys and Girls Club. Former NBA star Derrick McKey took to the stage as this year's guest speaker. Mckey grew up in Meridian, and hopes that his message will inspire others to be good role models. "I know that for myself growing up, I didn't have the opportunity to see a professional athlete, whatever sport it may be, said McKey. "I think sometimes you never know who's watching so you have to set a good example, and hopefully I'm setting a good example, because maybe there's one kid that's watching me, and learning something from me." McKey, who played professionally with Seattle, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia, also hosts a basketball camp every year for the children of the area.