What This Means to Us


NBA players understand the tremendous opportunity they have to make a positive difference in the world. Listen to a variety of NBA players as they share their sentiments on the importance of being bigger than basketball.



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"I see kids at a young age have a chance at succeeding in life. Itís just reminds me of kind of how I grew up. And it keeps me humble. Thatís what kind of makes me go."
"Itís just something about being able to give them the idea that you care about them and that you are not too busy to come help them read a book, to come paint or refurbish a gym. All of these are things that I think we enjoy a great deal."
"As an NBA player people are going to look up to you. Where ever city you are in, where ever city you are playing for, just giving back knowing that you care."
"One of the most important things for most athletes, and I think parents in general, is that we can give a kid a chance to grow up and have success in their lives."
"Part of being a celebrity is that young kids are going to follow you, so itís our responsibility to own up to that and do the best we can to be a positive role model for those young kids."
"The world is just really big and thereís a lot of people and they're in need of help. They're in need of people who care about them. Thatís why you have to be proactive and make sure you make a difference."
"We try to be as hands on as possible. In a community like New Orleans that is still rebuilding, weíre still out there in the schools, in the communities. Just being there because weíre one big family."
"Just because we play in the NBA doesnít mean we should change as people. We have an opportunity to tell them that we care and show them that we care."
"Just to see the impact that we as NBA players have is bigger than basketball. Having an ability to touch peopleís lives whoever it may be. Thatís why I smile so much."
"These kids need role models now-a-days to be successful. I've been in their shoes before. I'm from where they're from. And sometimes you need help. They look for us to be that positive life force. "
"When you see these war veterans come back, some of them are wounded. Seeing them and seeing what they did for our country and being able to go over and touch them and see the joy and excitement that they give - that right there, that touches you."
"Itís fun to go out and be able to put a smile on someoneís face, kind of give back to them a little bit knowing as much as they have given to us."
"I think we realize that a lot of things went our way to become professional basketball players. To have the opportunity to repair communities for the good will we receive is really important for us."
"There are certain things that touch my heart every time you do something. Just hearing people say how thankful they are. It just helps me be more understanding of people. It really hits home."
PLAYER OUTREACH
Derrick Rose - Guard
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Derrick Rose - Guard
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