As part of his annual 'Shooting for Christ' summer basketball camp, Bruce Douglas wants to teach kids to always remember where they came from. Its much easier to do when you come from a place with a basketball tradition like that of Quincy.
"Its near to my heart - I think it's the greatest place for basketball in the country when you talk about the years we were here and what a blessing it was to be a part of something so traditional. I would love to help to continue to build that and help make that a reality for the kids that are growing up here,"
As one of the most accomplished players in the history of Illinois high school hoops, Douglas could spend days teaching what makes a great basketball player. But that's not his message this week.
"I just think that sometimes we lose the emphasis on accomplishments when we don't focus on the character, so I'm hoping that our kids can learn that the greatest thing we can do is be people of character, and if we'll carry our character, we will make an impact on people no matter what we do or where we go,
And no matter where Bruce has gone since his playing days, he's kept a close eye on the program he once helped elevate into the national spotlight. Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil.
"One of the things we want to see is another state championship, we want to see the great things come back here, so I'm always going to be a fan of the Blue Devils and always going to promote them. I'm still committed to doing whatever I can to help build that tradition here and to hold on to the opportunity to win another championship,"
It appears this week's camp is starting to become a new tradition for the city of Quincy. But Bruce Douglas isn't trying to start a new basketball tradition - its more about continuing the culture of Quincy's good character he remembers most.
"Its just a blessing to give back. I've been blessed to be a part of the people here; they're special people who have done special things and I really want to keep that alive,"