FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — These kids playing basketball in the Boys and Girls Clubs gymnasium are here because of Walter and Joe Jordan.
The brothers have been staples of the Fort Wayne community for years, and over these past several days, they’re being recognized for it.
A third brother read off a statement from Mayor Tom Henry declaring Sunday 'Walter Jordan Day.'
"It’s beyond my wildest imagination or dream," Walter said. "You can’t dream this stuff up. You can’t make this stuff up. You can’t live your life like that."
Walter was a high school basketball state champ at Northrop, a college basketball star at Purdue and even spent some time in the NBA, but he says he doesn’t want his points-per-game written on his gravestone.
He wants to be remembered for the good he helped inspire in his own community.
"I saw some of my even middle school classmates today, and you can’t help but tear up when you think about all the people that’s touched your life, and you see them, and they pull their love, and they show you how much they love and appreciate you, and you had no idea because you live your life not thinking about that," Walter said.
Walter has had to think about that a lot more as of late. He recently released an autobiography titled 'Gracefully Broken.'
He spent much of the afternoon signing copies alongside friends and family.
"It’s funny because I read the book, and I can identify with every word in it," Joe said. "It was so transparent because one of the things we are proud of is from which we come. We’re not embarrassed about the fact that we didn’t have any money, but we had love and we had god in our lives."
Joe understands the book’s message about as well as anyone.
"We want people to know that just because you fall down don’t mean you can’t get up. Falling down is not the problem. Not getting up is the issue," Joe said.
Joe never had an NBA career, but he’s found his calling as the president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.
The mayor even honored him with his own day on Friday.
"This is an indication of giving, and someone else recognizing what we gave and now giving back to us," Joe said. "To have a day in honor of your name, I don’t know if it gets any better."
Walter also spoke with a group of high school basketball players before the Boys and Girls Clubs' All-Star event.
He wants to emphasize the importance of character, regardless of talent level.