NBA Superstars Give Back to Youths During All-Star Weekend
The National Basketball Association descended upon New Orleans this past weekend for its annual All-Star festivities. Between the slew of basketball-related events, a number of the league's biggest stars found time to give back to the community, too.
LeBron James, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, visited a local Boys & Girls Club to surprise the kids with a refurbished facility.
James was originally scheduled for a 15-minute visit, per Helen Williams of The Times-Picayune, but stayed much longer.
"It's a lot going on during NBA All-Star Weekend, but I try to prioritize and do things that are a lot more meaningful," he said. "I got a chance to see the conditions of this place before and it was really bad. But I see the transformation is wonderful."
Dwyane Wade, one of James' Miami Heat teammates, teamed with Gatorade to surprise one high school basketball team. When the Riverdale High School squad took to the court for the second half of a game this past weekend, a team of workers descended upon their locker room to give it a complete makeover.
As the players returned to the locker room after their 67-64 win, they couldn't hide their pure astonishment. That only escalated when D-Wade strolled in.
Finally, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who played in New Orleans for the first six years of his NBA career, became a new ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He sprung into action right away, visiting the KIPP Central City Primary School, where he launched the CP3 AfterSchool Zone program back in 2010.
"Sports are one of the most powerful tools we have to help young people become well-rounded adults," Paul said in a statement. "It helps teach values of fair-play, teamwork, compassion and, of course, friendship."
He gave an assembly full of students a new pair of Air Jordan shoes, along with free passes to NBA Jam Session, according to WGNO.com.
For three of the NBA's biggest stars to take time out of their assuredly busy All-Star weekend schedules, it speaks well of their ability to prioritize what's truly important.
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