August 22, 2007 There's nothing like a hometown connection—the feeling of belonging it gives you and the gratitude you give back. And every now and then the gratitude takes the shape of a benevolent individual, like Imlay City's young philanthropist Milli Martinez.
The 1998 Imlay City High School graduate and basketball star donated enough funds to complete construction of the district's new state-of-the-art softball field. Her husband, NBA star Corey Maggette, adopted Milli's hometown by joining in her effort to make the new fields possible. It is a remarkable contribution to the community made by a remarkable couple who demonstrate the best of the human spirit. Their gesture also speaks volumes about their families and the values that were obviously instilled upon them when they were growing up.
In an age when many successful young athletes make headline news for poor choices and bad behavior, Milli and Corey are true standouts for contributions that go beyond their respective basketball courts.
Along with Corey's 'Corey Cares Foundation' established to inspire and mentor less fortunate children, the couple's generous donation will inspire area young people for generations to come. In fact, Milli says that is her wish—that perhaps someone else will have the means and the desire to give back to the Imlay City community.
There's nothing like a hometown connection. And Milli Martinez is a shining example of the best of her hometown, Imlay City. Hats off to Milli and Corey and their families for being an inspiration to all.