Sports Illustrated traveled to Harper Woods High in Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to recognize January selection Daijon Smith as the SI High School Athlete of the Month, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Sgt Jeffrey Frantjeskos of the Marines and Daijon’s mother Kashema Smith-McFarland, flank Daijon on the left, while Detroit Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway Sr. and editor of the SI High School Athlete of the Month series, Ali Fenwick, help present him with a framed copy of his issue and a letterman’s jacket.
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Daijon appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of Sports Illustrated.
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Sgt Luke Brooks of the U.S. Marine Corps (right) greets Will Smith, a former Marine, who founded Neighborhood United Maxiumum Effort Now (N.U.M.E.N.), a youth basketball program that serves the Harper Woods area. Smith nominated Daijon (no relation) for SI’s High School Athlete of the Month honor after reading about the monthly series in the magazine.
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Daijon, who helped build up the N.U.M.E.N. program from a 40-member summer camp to a full-fledged youth league boasting 150 kids from third through tenth grades, poses with some of the children he coaches in the N.U.M.E.N. program.
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Tim Hardaway Sr. chats with Daijon after the halftime ceremony.
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Tim Hardaway Sr. poses with a parent and youth members of N.U.M.E.N.
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Harper Woods High students smile in front of the cover of Sports Illustrated at an event to honor their classmate, Daijon Smith.
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A Harper Woods High student gives it his all in the Marines’ pull-up bar challenge.
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Daijon (22), a co-captain of the Pioneers varsity team, was honored at halftime of a 73-63 win over Athens High of Troy, Mich.
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A Harper Woods High student strikes a pose for his SI cover shoot.
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