Williams wanted to serve like he did two years ago when he participated in the program. Before the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season, Williams spent a week in South Africa helping to build houses and conduct youth basketball camps in the impoverished areas near Johannesburg.
With a desire to make the same impact, Williams arrived in South Africa earlier this week with his wife, Ingrid.
"We’re all having a blast over here working with the kids and showing them how to play,’’ Williams said by telephone from Johannesburg earlier this week. "A lot of these kids are not only furthering their luck because of basketball, but they also have other options because they get scholarships, get to go to different places and learn more stuff."
Unlike in 2011, when no current players made the trip because of the lockout, Williams is working at the youth basketball camps, touring schools and orphanages with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, guard Thabo Sefolosha and center Hasheem Thabeet. Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin also made the trip, along with retired NBA player Dikembo Mutombo, who is known for his humanitarian work in Africa.