Making His Presence Felt
New Laker acquisition Nick Young decided to spend the recent 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech March on Washington by giving back to the community.
Young sponsored his third annual Back-to-School Event where it all began for him at Robertson Park in west Los Angeles.
“This is where it all started for me,” said Young. “I don’t know if it’s true or not because I don’t remember, but my mom said when I was 3 years old this is where I made my first basket.”
More than 200 people attended, including school age children and many of Young’s childhood friends.
Young took the time to greet, slap hands, reminisce and thank all who came out in support. He made sure each child left with school supplies and he fulfilled every child’s dream – to play against an NBA player. Young played 2-on-2 against many of the children.
Among the items the youth received included were notebooks, Dre Beats Headphones, laptops, IPods, autographed shoes, and most important of all Young gave these children hope and inspiration.
Young’s inspirational speech explained to the children that just a few years ago, he was just like them, shooting hoops at this very same park dreaming of one day playing for The Los Angeles Lakers.
Young wanted every child to know, “If you believe it, you can achieve it.”
Joining Young were fellow NBA stars Dorell Wright of the Portland Trailblazers and Jordan Crawford of the Boston Celtics. Proud of his friend, Wright commented, “Whenever you get a chance to give back you should. It’s great that Nick is doing this.”
One of Young’s fans, 8-year-old Wesley Williams, excitedly said, “Thank you Nick for coming back to our park!”
The event was Young’s third annual Back-to-School giveaway. If this event is any indication of how The Lakers and Young’s season will go, Laker fans have a lot to get excited about.