MIAMI – Heat forward Justice Winslow remembers those who helped him when he was growing up in Houston and he has found a way to give back to the city.
Winslow will host a free two-day camp at his alma mater, St. John’s School in Houston, starting Saturday. The clinic is sponsored by Robin’s House Family Foundation, an organization started by Winslow and his mother, Robin Davis.
“I love giving back to the city of Houston because it gave so much to me,” Winslow said two weeks ago from the Mountain Dew NBA 3X tournament fan experience at Bayfront Park. “Just to see the smiles on the kids’ faces. They don’t expect much but just to see their smiles when I’m interacting with them or just hanging out with their friends playing the game.”
To apply for a spot in the camp, the 5th and 6th graders are required to write an essay on how they would change the world. Winslow reads each one before selecting the winners. Last year 55 campers attended.
The mission of Robin’s House “is to encourage and guide children and young adults to discover their highest potential through education, recreation, and community outreach,” according to their website.
“I don’t do it for the notoriety or ‘Justice Winslow Camp,’ social media,” Winslow said. “I do it just to see the smiles on those kids’ faces because I know the people that came before me, reached back and gave back to me. I know what it did for me.”
Winslow, 21, will be entering his third season with the Heat after being taken 10th overall in the 2015 draft. He started the 2016-17 season as the team’s starting small forward but played in just 18 games because of various injuries. He underwent shoulder surgery in early January, which ended his season. Winslow averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting just 35.6 percent.
Winslow said this month he was on target for full recovery in July.
“I feel great,” Winslow said. “I got all my range of motion. We’re just trying to get it strong enough that it can endure contact and falls. For me it’s about getting my shoulder right, getting in the best shape possible and to make strides in my game one day at a time.
“I can’t wait to get back out there.”
Winslow as the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year in 2013 while playing at St. John’s. He left Houston for Duke and won an NCAA title during his one season in college.