The NBA And The Community

The National Basketball League has some excellent players on its teams. They train well, play well, and interact well. The players not only do these things well, but they also give to the community. NBACARES is a wonderful program that allows youths in need of role models and other types of assistance to receive this help directly from the professional basketball players. The players go out into communities and seek out young people in need. They hand-deliver gifts to children who would otherwise not have a Christmas, provide housing for families with children, as well as provide many other services to those in need.

NBACARES has also created a program to promote literacy in children, called ‘Read to Achieve.’ The program encourages youngsters to learn to love reading by having many types of community events, and also teaching adults to read to their children. They host fundraising events, which help to raise money for books and computers for local schools, and equipment for recreation centers.

NBA players not only participate in NBACARES, but some of them even have their own foundations. These foundations provide grant money for numerous non-profit businesses, which give to the community.

Children, as well as adults think it’s great that NBA players take time out of their extremely busy schedules in order to help those in need. Kids look up to the players as role models, and some players even ‘adopt’ certain youngsters, and become their personal ‘big brother’ and mentor. This is a really great thing, too, because some children have no one to look to for support. They may be an only child, or either their parents are too busy trying to work in order to make ends meet and may not have time to devote to their child. That’s why the mentoring is so important. Children need attention and guidance from a person who they trust, and what better role model could there be than a famous NBA player. This can help a child stay out of trouble, such as gangs and hanging out with the wrong crowd. It also helps to build children’s self-esteem, therefore, enabling them to excel in school, and anything else positive that they wish to pursue.

Thank you National Basketball Players, for caring enough about our youths to help to enrich and improve their lives!

Peter Gilbert
http://www.articlesbase.com/basketball-articles/the-nba-and-the-community-83823.html

Comments

  1. fonzy says:

    community….?
    how can I help as a student contribute to social change in uoe community?

  2. Dr.MPB says:

    Perhaps learning the Queens English?
    uoe ?????
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  3. Joey Dy says:

    The most enduring way to help others is to first improve yourself in whatever calling you are fitted to. If you care to be the best in your vocation, the inclination to help others will come naturally. Many times, you don’t even have to solicit for it; it will come at your doorstep. For sure, this calls for sensitivity on your part.

    You know, social change is a motherhood statement that is easily churned out by mouth or pen. But the real McCoy is in investing – to spend and be spent – for that opportunity to be of help to others. But to do that, you need also to infuse wisdom in what you are doing. Otherwise you will just be wasting your time, talent, and treasure on things that has no return on investment for the good of others.

    For sure, it is better to teach people how to fish, rather than to simply give them the fish they need for a day. To do this, you need to be butressed from within. That’s why I stated earlier that start it from within yourself. (As for me, I try it via writing in a newsletter and local paper that are circulated in the community. I also join civic clubs.)

    But if you desire for some starters, then try to gather like-minded fellows who can help you realize your desire faster. You know, there is power and strength in numbers. Understandably, you have to do it alone first, like a fund drive through collecting old newspapers and unneeded stuff, which you can sell for profit. Then use that profit for the good of a day care shelter or whatever.
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  4. Reformed Ascetic says:

    I’m assuming that you are LGBT yourself.

    If you’re comfortable and in a position to be out, visibility has proven to be a great contribution.

    You can start a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), or Pride group at your school if you’re in high school. If you’re in college, there’s probably an existing group you can join.

    When there are political discussions argue for LGBT rights. When there are opportunities, stand up for the LGBT community. If you’re not used to this, spend some time with people who are and learn how to do it successfully.

    Educate yourself on LGBT issues both so that you can help your self, and so that you can be a knowledgeable role model for others. There will be a lot of material in either the school or the local library you can read. If not, there are a lot of legitimate websites you can use. Learn to present your knowledge and experience in a manner that can be understood by anyone, gay or straight.

    Search for local LGBT groups and find out what they are already doing. Volunteering with such groups is a great way to contribute. If there are no such local groups, look at what people are doing in other communities and figure out which ones you can make work in yours.

    Online, you can seek out forums like this where you can either promote tolerance or seek to help other members of the LGBT community.

    Vote at every opportunity. Vote in an informed manner. And let your representatives know that you vote and what you care about.

    This ought to keep you busy for a while, and by the time you’re done you’ll know what to do next.
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  5. Warren Davenport says:

    The best way is to look for some definite area of need. Like say some need for entertainment in a senior citizens home. Then get together with some like minded students and have a group meeting together to discuss ideas of helping and making an impact. Then approach the manager of your local senior citizens home and tell him what your group is about and would there be any opportunities to develop an extra entertainment programme for the senior citizens.

    This is just one idea, there maybe several ideas that your group comes up with. Then you’ll need to vote on the best idea that your group likes before you progress any further with the chosen idea.
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