AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - One Augusta junior varsity basketball coach and special education teacher is touching the hearts of his students every single day.
Augusta-native William Cunningham is a man who stands out among the crowd. But not just because he stands 6'11. Cunningham is a former professional basketball player who has played along with some of the NBA's most talented players.
"One of my best experiences, I got a chance to meet Kobe Bryant when he was about 17 or 18 years old. Before and after he went in to the NBA. Just having a chance to follow his career and seeing how he started out," says Cunningham.
But how did he end up coaching and teaching at Laney High School? He says after playing in the NBA, he discovered another passion. Teaching special education. He felt that field of teaching often didn't have enough teachers for the students.
"Just that we all have limitations as long as we let them be limitations. But the students that I deal with, I'm a moderate teacher, and the students deal with, they don't let those limitations stop them from doing things," says Cunningham.
Cunningham also applies this on the court to his players by pushing them and holding them accountable.