June 23, 2017
Kam Williams is interning this summer with OSU LiFE Sports for Bucks Go Pro. He is a rising senior from Baltimore, Maryland, and is majoring in sociology.
OSU LiFE Sports is an Ohio State University affiliated youth development program that educates children about sports, healthy lifestyles and positive life lessons. The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work, Department of Athletics, and Department of Recreational Sports created and are partners for OSU LiFE Sports.
Williams daily day on the OSU LiFE Sports job involves being a group leader, assisting kids though different sports and life experiences. When the daily activities involve being outside on the athletic field, Williams makes sure all the equipment is out on the fields; ensures that they have water, etc. When he’s not outside on the fields or inside working with the kids at their camps, Williams will be working at the Schottenstein Center filing papers, alphabetizing papers, and answering parent’s phone calls.
Being an athlete himself, Williams truly enjoys teaching the kids about sports, and is even learning about other sports involved with the camps. Williams furthers his excitement of his new summer internship by expressing what he has enjoyed most so far,” Interacting with different kids, seeing where they come from, who are in their life, and just putting a smile on their faces,” he said.
Having the opportunity to work with young kids is so rewarding, especially when they are able to have fun, while learning from the camp staff, like Williams. Williams is also learning throughout this experience, from the kids and from his supervisors. He is having a better understanding of the kids and how they act, why they act the way they do, and how to react to certain situations.
Williams expresses his most exciting experiences at OSU LiFE Sports thus far, saying, “I enjoy just putting a smile on their faces every day and seeing them out having fun during the summer, which is what being a kid all is about. They have no clue what adulthood has in store for them, so seeing them enjoy the time they have is amusing to me.”
The rising senior has been a key member of the Ohio State men’s basketball team throughout his career here. Williams has played in all 102 games since he was a freshman in 2014 and has scored 779 points in his career. In the 2016-17 season, Williams shot a team-high 91.9 percent from the free throw line and connected on 50 three-point field goals, second most on the team. He averaged 9.4 points per game and had a career-high 23 on two occasions: vs. Navy (11/11) and Rutgers (2/8).
Williams wants to bring back key lessons from his Bucks Go Pro internship at OSU LiFE Sports to his basketball team that he has learned. He concludes with explaining what he hopes to bring this upcoming basketball season: “I definitely want to bring the experiences of being a leader, stepping out of my comfort zone, and having conversations with new people every day. I hope to use what I have learned to lead my team this season.”