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MABELTON, Ga. — On July 31, Collin Sexton spent nearly four hours giving back to his community. The event in which he partnered with rapper Lil Yachty took place near his hometown in Mableton, Ga.
Sexton, a first-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Lil Yachty, currently one of the music industry’s most popular rappers, came down to earth for a bit. As fans stood in line donating backpacks and school supplies (the requirement to get an autograph and a picture), it started severely raining. Instead of canceling the event they decided to move it into a random gymnastics center.
With little kids running across the mats, multiple people lined up to get pictures and autographs. The vibe was surprisingly calm: A world-famous rapper and the eighth overall pick in June’s NBA draft were just hanging out in a kid’s gymnastic center.
This was not an event simply for show. Sexton and Lil Yachty seriously devoted their time for the cause. The event was scheduled to last three hours, and the fans were not forced to leave once they got their picture and autograph. In fact, they could hang around as long as they pleased. Not only were the fans in attendance thrilled, but an entire school bus was filled with backpacks and school supplies for kids who desperately need them.
Sexton is the new hope for the Cavs, and he is just fine with that.
“My role will just be able to come in and learn and have an impact on the team,” he told Amico Hoops. “No matter what it is, being a distributor, being a scorer. Just going out there playing my game and being the best me I can be.”
He is also cognizant of how much success the fans in Cleveland have endured the last four seasons,
“I’m really excited to be going to the Cavs and playing for the Cavs organization, because of how much they did in the past,” he said.
But on this day, Sexton seemed more like just a regular kid. Hanging out with fans for hours didn’t seem to phase him; he answered every question, took pictures with a smile on his face, and was happy to be there. At just 19-years old he is clearly already making a positive impact on other people’s lives.
After meeting his family (who was also there) it’s no surprise where the humbleness comes from. His father Darnell, dressed in all Cavs attire, revealed just how happy they were to be a part of the organization. In fact, Darnell shared that he knew Cavs coach Tyronn Lue long before Lue would became Collin’s coach in the NBA. There was also Jordan, Collin’s brother who has been there for Collin every step of the way. He acts as Collin’s manager helping with social media, and traveling with Collin wherever he goes. The Sexton’s have a tight-knit family and it’s led to success on and off the court.
Sexton’s down-to-earth humbleness also extends to his approach as a new face of the franchise for the Cavs.
The Cavaliers have had a whirlwind off-season, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Their eighth overall pick who went viral for his intense defense during the NBA Summer League is also making waves off the court.
At just 19-years-old, Sexton is taking steps to be the face of the franchise, by giving back to his community before even stepping on an NBA court.