Utah Jazz players Williams, Favors, coach kids at private clinic

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And they said the Jazz don't allow headbands.

One girl wore a pink one to hold back her hair, and another had a flower tucked behind her ear. The Jazz hosted 38 at-risk local youths from the U.S. Dream Academy for an afternoon clinic Wednesday at Zions Bank Basketball Center.

The children worked on basketball skills with point guard Mo Williams and forward Derrick Favors and listened to coach Tyrone Corbin talk about his ownchildhood, growing up in a single-parent home in the projects of Columbia, S.C.

"There's no way I could have told you back then that I would be an NBA head coach," Corbin said.

The Dream Academy is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on helping children who have an incarcerated family member develop skills that will help them be successful.

"These kids, most of them live over in the Glendale area," director Kristina Muck said, "which is the highest gang rates in the state and that whole area that no one wants to acknowledge exists. A lot of them don't realize there's life outside of that area."

Williams and Favors, along with assistant coach Brad Jones and player development assistant Johnnie Bryant, each manned a hoop as children rotated in groups to them. Favors was playful and teasing, pretending to be too sore to dunk, as the children begged him to, before giving in.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for them," said Williams, who has four children of his own, "something they can always cherish for a long time. If any of them amount to anything or do something in life, they can always say, 'I remember when I was 10, I was 11, Derrick Favors was there, Mo Williams was there, they showed me this and I got a chance to meet them.' "