My name is Conner Washington and I am a professional basketball player for the Leicester Riders… Before I got to this point a lot has happened!
I started basketball at the age of 11, a significant part in my life as I lost somebody extremely close to me and I chose basketball as my way out. So I guess you could say basketball also chose me! The first time I represented the Bedfordshire county is the first time I met Lance. From the very beginning I could see literally how much he cared about making a difference in people’s lives. You would only have to speak to him for 5 minutes and you will realise how genuine this man was. Throughout pivitol points in my basketball journey Lance became a father figure for me, somebody who I could depend on to ensure I was getting the most out of every opportunity possible for basketball as he knew how passionate I became about the sport.
My debut with England under 16’s would not have been possible without the support of Lance, taking me to and from training sessions around the country and also to the airport for tournements which were held overseas. My financial circumstances growing up were not too strong so it would have been a real struggle for me to be able to attend as many training sessions as I did, ultimately resulting in my selection to represent my country in the sport that became my saviour! My first ever trail for a national basketball squad (Milton Keynes Lions) also involved the altruistic support from Lance as he would eventually take me to every single training session I had in my 3 years of playing for that team.
The relationship Lance and I had was born out of a young boy being desperate to pursue a dream and a man who just wanted to help kids excel in anything they set their mind to, not allowing anything obstacles to stand in the way of lifetime opportunities… Lance was such a significant figure in giving me the support that was necessary to continue to chase my dream of becoming a professional basketball player! I am just one example of the work Lance has done within the world, I have represented Great Britain under20’s and the Senior mens squad along my journey as an athlete, only God knows what may have been or what path I would have taken if I wasn’t supported as much as I was or given a blessing in the form of a man to help me not miss out on crucial moments of my journey… Lance was awarded the Unsung Hero award which he most sincerely deserved… Lance has created an organisation (Sports Traider) which provides disadvantaged children with the chance to have access to equiptment/clothing/tools needed to participate in a variety of sports! The list is endless and its all for the desire to see my generation and those after me succeed no matter what!
It is unbelievable the effect one man can have on your life… There is no bigger reward than to see your vision unfold in front of you, for as long as Lance is able to he will continue to allow others to breathe easy because he has lived for others whole heartedly!
I really hope he recieves another award for his incredible ability to be a humble human being.
And this is an article in the national paper about him
And this is a clip of him at the first hoops aid.