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Derrick McKey gives back to Boys and Girls Club

By By Jeff Byrd/staff writer
June 22, 2002
Former Meridian High player and current NBA free agent forward Derrick McKey is in town this week holding a mini basketball camp for the Boys and Girls Club of Mississippi.
McKey, a 13-year veteran of the NBA including an eight-year stretch with the Indiana Pacers, was the special guest of the camp. Former Delta State University forward and five-year European pro Kevie Dixon helped organize the camp which began Friday at Northwest Junior High School in Meridian. Dixon is a former MHS standout as well.
The camp will continue through Sunday.
McKey was glad to be back in town help giving back to the community. He played at Meridian High School from 1982-84 before heading to the University of Alabama to play for then coach Wimp Sanderson.
On Saturday, Dixon said the kids will take part in the NBA sponsored reading program.
Over 80 youths were on hand for Friday's clinic. Dixon and McKee had the kids work on defensive stances. Before the drill began, Dixon related to the youth a story about McKey.
McKey played this past season for the Philadelphia 76ers.