Kids flock to see hometown hero

Published 6:07 am Sunday, June 22, 2008

By By STEVE FRANKLIN, Sports Writer
Food, door prizes, plenty of fun and a chance to meet an NBA star lured hundreds of area residents to the field across from the Washington Boys &Girls Club Saturday afternoon, for the Fourth Annual Damien Wilkins’ ‘Fun Day.’
Wilkins, a Washington native who now plays for the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics, and a gaggle of volunteers had plenty of activities, door prizes and free food lined up for area children.
The kids danced, played musical chairs, slid down the inflatable slide and jumped on the moon bounce for hours, all in the presence of their local sports hero.
Wilkins also signed autographs for the kids, and gave away everything from posters, to signed basketballs, to autographed jerseys.
There certainly were plenty of smiles as more than 500 kids turned out for the event.
Most ‘Fun Day’ participants left Saturday’s event satisfied with the entertainment provided by Wilkins. All went home impressed with Damien Wilkins, the person.