Pastor Michael McBride to join Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony in a discussion on strategies to improve life outcomes for Black Men and Boys at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston on February 17, 2013.
We have all heard discouraging statistics about the realities facing Black men in America, but we rarely take the time to talk about what is working and how we can get involved. This is an opportunity to talk with experts in the field and connect with a select group of highly influential leaders interested in finding ways to meaningfully engage in tangible strategies that work.
Los Angeles Clippers
On the court, he’s a force to be reckoned with, a fierce competitor, the face of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, and one of the most talented, respected NBA basketball players of all time. Off the court, he’s a father, a husband, a compassionate philanthropist, and one of the most down to earth people you’ll ever meet. Chris Paul, is undoubtedly in the prime of his life, building a robust brand and making a huge difference in his community, all while creating a powerful legacy.
Chris was chosen by the New Orleans Hornets with the fourth pick in the 2005 NBA draft, which led to NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and the first of his five All Star selections. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native is also a two-time NBA First Team selection, a two-time All NBA Defensive First Team selection, a two-time NBA assist champion, and a four-time NBA steals champ. He played with the Hornets for six seasons and took the team to their first Southwest Division title in franchise history in 2008 before signing with the Clippers in 2011. Last summer, four years after winning the gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Chris played an integral role in the United States taking home the gold again at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Chris established the CP3 Foundation to enrich the communities it serves both Nationally and Globally by providing resources that enhance the lives of kids and families in the areas of education, sports, health and social responsibility. In 2006, in loving memory of his grandfather, Chris formed the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund to provide annual scholarships to two Forsyth County students to attend Wake Forest University. As of 2013, the scholarship fund is 100% endowed and will provide educational opportunities for youth for years to come. Chris is also proud of his efforts to help rebuild the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, by refurbishing courts, building homes and creating the CP3 Afterschool Zone in partnership with JP Morgan Chase, an after school program that provides children with safe place to enjoy enrichment activities in the arts, music, sports, and education.
There are many words to describe Chris Paul: dedicated family man, effective leader, admirable humanitarian and respected basketball player to name a few.
New York Knicks
Since arriving in the NBA, Melo has not only been one of the top scorers in the league, he has also diversified himself as a player, a family man, a businessman and a philanthropist. He is a member of the exclusive and coveted Team Jordan Brand, annually releasing a top-selling signature sneaker. Melo has also cultivated brand partnerships with Finish Line, Topps and EA Sports. Most importantly, Melo has excelled off the court through his philanthropic efforts. He established The Carmelo Anthony Foundation (CAF) in 2005 as the vehicle for which he and his family would give back to the community through a variety of outreach programs and donations. In 2006, The Giving Back Fund, the premier philanthropic resource for the sports and entertainment communities, ranked Carmelo in their top ten of the “Giving Back 30” report surrounding celebrity philanthropists in America. He was the only basketball player on this list, and was joined in the top tier by celebrities such as Oprah
Winfrey and Tiger Woods.
Drafted 3rd overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony has surely made a name for himself in the league. As he showed the world during his championship season at Syracuse University, Melocontinues to prove to his fans, teammates and coaches that he is a hard worker, a leader and a competitor. TheOlympics proved to be the perfect display of his passion, maturity and excellence for the sport – and winning the Gold Medal in both the 2008 and 2012 games has been the
ultimate token of redemption, success and global recognition for the NBA All-Star and three-time Olympian.
In July 2008, Anthony was honored as Basketball Player of the Year at the 1st Annual Univision Premios Deportes, an awards show celebrating the best of Hispanic athletes. Melo proudly accepted the award in appreciation of his Puerto Rican father, Carmelo Sr., who passed away when Melo was just two years old.
Melo has a heart for the community, and is always looking for a new creative way to give back. He partnered with his college coach, Coach Boeheim, to start the Courts 4 Kids program. Together they look for courts in underserved areas and refurbish them. The first court was completed in the summer of 2009 in Syracuse, and since then several more have been refurbished, including three in Puerto Rico.
Anthony currently resides in New York City, with his wife LaLa Vazquez Anthony, and their son, Kiyan. Not having the opportunity to know his father, Melo spends as much time as possible with Kiyan and Lala. He wants his son to grow up knowing how much he is loved. Whether it’s the three of them going to the park, or father and son going to the barbershop, investing in his family’s future is of the utmost importance.