Last weekend Brandon Ewing held an alumni/student gathering in Laramie and I was able to catch up with him to see how Brandon Ewing’s First Annual Laramie Weekend went. Here is what he had to say:
WyoNation Chad: Last weekend you hosted Brandon Ewing’s First Annual Laramie Weekend. How
did the event go? Did the turnout exceed your expectations?
Brandon Ewing: The event had a great turnout. Over 60 former students came back and it was just a great time for the city of Laramie. I really didn’t have any expectations, I just wanted to help a friend out the best way I can. It wasn’t about basketball, it wasn’t about football. It was a friend helping a friend. For people who don’t know me, I’m from the south side of Chicago. I lost 3 friends this year to getting shot. One friend was shot the day when I landed from overseas, I believe if I was there it wouldn’t have happened. So it opened my eyes to LIFE itself. So I would do anything to help a friend out the best way I know how.
WyoNation Chad: Any former teammates that you haven’t seen in a while that you had the chance to catch up with?
Brandon Ewing: I talk to all former players on social networks so it was like we never missed a beat. But the one guy I had a chance to catch up with was Derrick Martin. I will actually be going down to Denver to support him and his camp that he has coming up in May.
WyoNation Chad: One of the main reasons for the event was to raise money for former Wyoming football player Weston Johnson in his battle against cancer. Can you give us an update on how much you were able to raise?
Brandon Ewing: Yes, it was for my good friend Weston Johnson. We raised 1,500-2,000 dollars for him in just two days.
WyoNation Chad: Are you already beginning to think about what you would like to do for next year’s event?
Brandon Ewing: Me and some of the guys and former students talked throughout the weekend and yes I would love to do another weekend. Right now I am focused on making a NBA roster this next season but the next weekends will go towards getting kids school supplies around the Laramie area. I’m thinking the first home football game. This one was originally for the kids until I heard about Weston and he became my priority.
WyoNation Chad: Is there anything else you would like to say to the University and the Laramie community?
Brandon Ewing: The last words I would like to say is Thank you to everybody who helped support the weekend. Thank you to all the venues and all the people of Laramie. I love the community here and my weekend is bigger than just “sports”. It’s bringing Laramie or Wyoming together as one. Sports are just one aspect of my life. It doesn’t make me who I am. Sports has just put me in a position to be able to give back to a community who helped me since I was 18 years old. It’s my way of saying thank you.
Special thanks to Brandon Ewing for taking time to speak with WyoNation and for all his work to reach out to the University, Laramie community and for his support of Weston Johnson. If you wish to help Johnson in his fight against cancer you can donate HERE.