The Lou Williams Foundation was founded in 2007 to positively impact young men and women between the ages of 10 and 18. The foundation will launch programs that will offer incentive for students in order to encourage high scholastic achievement.
Who is Louis Williams?
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1986, Lou, as he is affectionately known, moved to the Atlanta area in 1997. He immediately made an impact on the hardwood, by playing AAU basketball in the Atlanta market. He took his middle school, Snellville Middle, to their first ever city wide championship. He went on to play varsity at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia. His talents helped to put South Gwinnett High School on the map. As a sophomore, he scored a season high 50 points. As a junior, he led his team to the Georgia 5A State Championship. As a senior he was selected as a McDonald’s All American, Parade All American, Mr. Georgia Basketball and he received the prestigious Naismith Award, signifying the nation’s top high school player.
Lou originally committed to play at the University of Georgia, but decided to declare for the 2005 NBA draft. He was selected in the second round of the draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He made his debut season opener in Detroit on November 2, 2005.
The Lou Williams Foundation provides a way for Louis to give back to the community he came from. “It is extremely important for me to be able to give back to kids, both in the Atlanta, Memphis and Philadelphia areas.
“I was fortunate to be able to graduate from high school and go directly to the NBA; obviously, not everyone has that opportunity. I hope that I’ll be able to make enough of an impact that kids will understand that education is the key to becoming successful in life,” says Williams.