My name is Kamar Russell. I am a 20-year old rookie currently in training camp with the Florida Flight. I truly feel blessed to be in my current position with an opportunity to play the game I love. I was first introduced to basketball watching Miami Heat games as a child with my mother and brothers. I also became a huge football fan watching the Miami Hurricanes. I played both little league football and basketball. I had fun with both, but I stayed with basketball, playing almost on a daily basis with my brothers.
Once I got to high school, I decided to play both sports, but after my freshman season I focused strictly on basketball. I feel like basketball is the best game on Earth, and I felt like I could have a future with it. It’s also a lot easier to develop as a basketball player. Simply put, the more you play the better you get, and you don’t need anyone else to practice basketball. All you need is a rim and a ball.
After graduating without any scholarship offers, I continued to play on a daily basis, promising myself that I would find a way to play basketball at the next level. In January, something truly tragic happened: my mother passed away, and I moved to Orlando to live with my brother in January 2011. Surprisingly, the wheels of opportunity started to put themselves in motion. After taking a short break from the game to deal with my mother’s passing, I started playing again at a court within walking distance of my home in Avalon Lakes. As luck would have it, I met Flight Owner and President Mark King at the very same court. After seeing me play, he informed me about the Florida Flight and encouraged me to play in the scout league. Seeing a golden opportunity I made it my top priority to not let it pass. Now I made it through the Scout league, and I’m in training camp on the brink of playing for the Florida Flight.
With a collection of talent and veteran leadership I see the Florida Flight making some noise this coming season. I plan to play whatever role that I’m given. I’m thankful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see the Florida Flight represent Avalon Park with pride and passion on the basketball court!