When Troy native Elijah Burns announced he was transferring to Siena in November hopes were he could make an immediate impact on the court. The NCAA denied that chance but that didn’t stop him from making his presence felt in the community.
“I told myself I have to be involved I can’t be here and just go to school and play basketball I have to be out there and try to inspire kids to get out of here and travel and see the world” Burns said.
While he was sidelined for Siena the local kid made sure to spend time in the community telling his story to kids, even going back to the gym he grew up in
“it meant a ton to me just because growing up I always wanted that one person, I wanted somebody like myself to be there, be around be a resource especially like athletically and to be able to be that for those kids is second to none.”
Clem Campana who coached Elijah at the Troy CYO said he wasn’t surprised to see him come back,
“that’s him, that’s his family they’ve always appreciated what’s been done down here their involvement and they’ve always participated in things we had to do.”