"For me, I'm from Weirton. I grew up there and played there," said Wilson, who led Weir to the Class AA state championship in 1998 before heading on to West Virginia University. "I went to college in West Virginia and made it to the NFL. If I can do it, so can someone else.
"My thing is that I'm trying to give an opportunity for the next generation for them to see that it's possible. Just because you live in a small community doesn't mean that you can't do it."
For Mountaineer fans, Friday night's basketball game will feature several familiar faces. Among those scheduled to take part are former WVU teammates of Wilson such as running back Kay-Jay Harris and quarterback Rasheed Marshall. Former Mountaineer basketball player Josh Yeager is also expected to participate. In addition to the former Mountaineers, former players from schools such as Duquesne and West Virginia Conference schools will be playing in Friday night's game. Wilson, who also played basketball at Weir, says he will play a few minutes here and there in the game, but will also be patrolling the sidelines as a coach.
"I assembled a team of greatness," said the Cincinnati Bengals running back with a chuckle.
Proceeds from the basketball game will go towards funding a pair of college scholarships for high school seniors (one male, one female). Adult tickets for the game cost $5.00, and can be purchased at the game or in advance at Weir High School. Kids are admitted for free. The game begins at 7:00 at the high school, and will feature autograph sessions at halftime and following the game.
Wilson organized the game because he felt that it would be an event in which everyone involved came out a winner.
"Since I've been playing (in the NFL) I've been trying to figure out something to do to give back," said Wilson, who ranks sixth all-time in rushing at WVU with 2,608 career yards.
Quincy began the giving back process last summer when he held his first annual Quincy "Q" Wilson Football Camp. This year, the camp will be held on May 19 (the day following the basketball game) at Jimmy Carey Stadium in downtown Weirton. The camp will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and is open to kids ages 8-14. The cost is $35.00 per child. For more information or to register, you can check out Quincy's website at www.Quincy-Wilson.com. Players may also register on the day of the camp.
Whether it's through the basketball game or the football camp, Wilson's message is clear: he's never forgotten his West Virginia roots.
"It's a chance to give back, and a chance for people to come in and see some guys that they've seen on TV," he said. "It's got a West Virginia flavor, so people should have fun with that."
WHAT: Quincy Wilson Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game
WHERE:Weir High School Gymnasium
WHEN:Friday, May 18 at 7:00 PM
TICKET INFO:Tickets are $5.00 for adults and may be purchased in advance at Weir High School, or at the door the night of the game. Kids are admitted free of charge.
WHAT: 2nd Annual Quincy "Q" Wilson Football Camp
WHERE: Jimmy Carey Stadium, downtown Weirton.
WHEN: Saturday, May 19. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
REGISTRATION INFO: Camp is open to kids ages 8-14. Cost is $35 per child. For more information, go to www.Quincy-Wilson.com