How former Memphis basketball star Willie Kemp is paying it forward

Willie Kemp wanted to keep playing basketball.

After all, it had been the predominant focus of his life. Sure, the former Memphis Tigers star was nearing his mid-30s and had spent the past decade playing professionally – mostly overseas. But he still felt good. Like there was still plenty of gas in the tank.

Then came the accident. Driving in Memphis on a busy Monday in July 2020, Kemp could not avoid the vehicle that was stalled in his lane. The car he was traveling behind narrowly did. But, by then, Kemp did not have time to react. The wreck left him in a hospital bed with a broken hip for more than a week. Doctors told him he could continue playing basketball, however they advised against it, citing the potential long-term implications.

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