Bessemer City hoops star playing in memory of brother

Bessemer City basketball player playing with heart

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - Kam Harris has always tried to impress one person when he steps on the court, That person is his brother.

“It just pushes me, I know he’s in heaven smiling on me because he knows I can go hard and what I’m capable of," Bessemer City guard Kam Harris said.

On December 26, 2018, Harris' brother passed away of pneumonia, a shock that came to him and his family.

“When I saw my mom cry, I knew it was real. I had to stay strong for her," the senior said.

Instead of getting emotional, Harris channeled his feelings to the court, playing in a game two days after his brother passed.

“I channel it into basketball, it just gave me another mindset to go hard," he said.

“Battle tested. He goes through a lot, he handles adversity well and knows how to handle it. When I need a leader, I call on Kam,” said Bessemer City head basketball coach Darrian Ivory.

Four other players on the Bessemer City team have also experienced deaths in their families this season, but it’s Kam they’ve looked up to for help keeping them going.

“That’s my brother, like he lost someone, I lost someone too,” said point guard Thaddeus Williams.

It’s that bond between the players that has made a difference for the Tigers on the court this season. With an 11-5 record, they have a chance to win the area Friday night with a victory against rival McAdory, Kam hoping to make his brother proud.

“I know it would mean something to him that we’re doing something, knowing that we’re trying to do something and staying positive," said Harris.

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