For many of us, the spring represents new beginnings and new opportunities. And for hundreds of young men and women with big dreams for the future, the opportunity to turn those dreams into reality begins with New Heights.
When I was in seventh grade, my dreams involved making it to the NBA. Whether I was racing to get outside for recess at my public school, or to the basketball court in my neighborhood where all the high school kids would play, I did what I could to be the best player I could be.
But we all need a helping hand to get ahead, and that year I received a prep school scholarship that turned out to be a pivotal part of my journey toward achieving my dreams. Fast forward 20 years and here I am at the NBA. While the position I play off the court is very different from my seventh grade dreams, not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the continued opportunity to pursue my passions of basketball and technology.
The right high school, the right mentors and the right support system is critical to a young person’s success. And I am passionate about giving back and supporting the next generation in the pursuit of their dreams. New Heights is an organization that uses basketball to help inner-city student-athletes use the sport to make it to and through high school and college.
Spring into ACTION: Our goal is to raise $20k for the inaugural year of this fund.
Join me and support them in at least 1, if not all, 3 simple ways:
DONATE $100 or more to the Access to Opportunity Fund. I’m excited to have teamed with New Heights to help student-athletes have access to the tools they need to succeed. $100 is often a night out to dinner in NYC, but could be so much more.
LIKE please re-post, tell your friends. Help me get out the word about the Access to Opportunity #ATOFUND. Even if your donation is less than $100 we can all help spread the word. I'd ask you to tell 5 friends or colleagues.
FIND your own acts of stewardship. Helping youth with similar backgrounds speaks to me, but there are so many ways we can get involved in making our communities a better place. Give time, plant a tree, find a way to make an impact that is meaningful to you. I'm happy to join in your pursuits and please message me about how I can be of help.
Former New Heights Staff Member & Coach