Right now, we look bad.
I swear every time I turn on the news there is another athlete that is in trouble with the law. I was having coffee at Panera yesterday morning and a women was reading the newspaper and the article was about another college football player getting arrested for being drunk in public and then beating up his girlfriend.
Her exact quote was: “These athletes think they can do whatever they want because they play football”
I don’t know about you, but this bothers me….but you know what? How can you even argue with her? The perception of the collegiate athlete and pro athlete is ugly right now.
You can help change this dynamic, it starts with you.
Right now, this post is being sent to around 600 emails that mostly consists of young basketball players. 600 athletes right now can make a positive difference in the lives of others. 600 athletes can give back to their community by volunteering. 600 young athletes can start to change the perception…you can help make a difference.
Korey Harris the founder of “student of the game” , he runs a non-profit organization near Atlanta and gives back to underprivileged kids by offering them free basketball training and a chance to improve their games but also teach them a few things about life. Listen to Korey’s story here
Here are 5 ways to bring positive energy to your community. (without donating money)
1) Give your time working with young kids at an after school program like the Robert Morris basketball team an initiative started by the university that they call “Change A Life”
2) Team Walk-A Thon – Health care costs may change for some in the coming years because of recent health reform, but one of the main problems with the system — people’s health — can’t be regulated by Congress. Something as simple as walking 30 minutes a day can make a real difference for long-term health. Get with your teammates and organize a neighborhood walk-a thon.
3) Clothing Drive – We has athletes usually have thousands of pairs of shorts, jersey’s, shoes, shirts, etc…gather your teammates together and have everyone go through their old gear and give it to nearby shelter.
4) Holiday’s – Thanksgiving is right around the corner, spend time at a food bank passing out food and interacting with the people. This experience will provide you a new perspective on life.
5) Hospital visits – You are lucky, you get to play basketball. You will be surprised how many kids your age would love that opportunity. Unfortunately, due to a disease or illness they can’t. Visit young kids in a local hospital and talk about sports. They will love you for it.
You’re an athlete, it’s time we handle our responsibilities and make a positive difference in our communities. If we don’t do it, who else will?
On a side note, we are proud to announce our basketball book club in the 3 Point Academy, being smarter than your competition is a great competitive advantage have, its free to join.