Lakers star Nick “Swaggy P” Young hosted 60 South Los Angeles youth from four Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade youth development programs in three Staples Center suites on Sunday, February 23.
In honor of Black History Month and as a demonstration of his support for well-deserving young men and women of color throughout the year, Lakers star Nick “Swaggy P” Young hosted 60 South Los Angeles youth from four Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade youth development programs in three Staples Center suites on Sunday, February 23, when the Los Angeles Lakers played host to the Brooklyn Nets.
Young, who played for Cleveland High School in Reseda, California and earned All PAC-10 First Team honors while playing for USC, said he understands and appreciates the resiliency and strength South Los Angeles youth demonstrate as they navigate all too familiar challenges on a daily basis. It is this ability to overcome and thrive that the Lakers star desires to lift up and highlight by launching the Swaggy P Brigade, a collection of young people who are engaged in self actualization and self improvement programming in order to maximize their opportunity to succeed in school and in life and, simultaneously, serve as change agents and social justice advocates in order to help their families and their peers do the same.
Partnering with GIT Right Sports Performance and Fitness, Larry Abel of AEG and the Brotherhood Crusade BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men), GRYD, YouthSource Center, PAT (Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow) and Health Happens Here programs, the young people were introduced to a series of surprises including a one-hour visit from and photos with the world famous Lakers Girls; watching the game in its entirety , commensurating with everyone’s favorite funny man Cedric “The Entertainer” and international recording artist Iggy Azalea; receiving business mentoring advice from the owners of GIT Right and TapOut; and of course meeting and taking pictures with Swaggy P himself, Nick Young.
“Too often our athletes are portrayed negatively in the media. Efforts such as Nick Young’s Swaggy P Brigade touch and change the lives of under-represented youth in a powerfully meaningful way, yet they are neither publicized nor recognized,” said Larry Abel. “Our goal is to educate the less informed about the unheralded difference Nick Young and players like him are making every day in communities with great need.”