Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade Announce Sports Fund
National Basketball Association (NBA) players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade recently announced that they will be launching a Social Change Fund. The fund will be used to support organizations that offer aid to communities of color via public representations, narrative change, and long-term policy solutions.
The Social Change Fund launched by the NBA stars will majorly be used for current and important issues such as the criminal justice reform, eliminating police brutality, and advocating for/empowering various communities of color.
According to a press release, this will be done “by expanding access to voting and civic engagement, increasing Black representation in leadership, and building economic equity for Black people through investment in education, employment, wages, and housing.”
The Social Change Fund organization hopes to bring attention to and advocate for the rights of Black people using the wide influence the basketball players Wade, Paul, and Anthony have in both the entertainment and sports industries. With the popularity of the trio, the organization also hopes to raise awareness of the fund’s mission, increase donations/ support, and improve the impact.
The players will be on the founder’s council and will help make decisions on funding priorities, build and manage relationships with partners and donors, and elect beneficiaries.
Other supporters and funders of the organization include Goldman Sachs, Beyond Meat, Reform Alliance, Creative Artists Agency’s, and Laureus Sport for Good USA.
Wade, Paul, and Anthony during a Good Morning America interview, discussed their reasons for launching the Social Change Fund.
Oklahoma City Thunder player, Chris Paul explained that the trio would like to do more than speak against racism. That they also put in funds to further the movement. “Whether it be health and education, talking about the different types of foods that go into the inner cities… all this goes back to systemic racism. There’s people out there that are a lot smarter than us in some of these situations so we’re going to try to do the work and educate ourselves, but also put our money where our mouth is and keep going.”
Adding to this, NBA All-Star, Carmelo Anthony, said “If you don’t have a good roof over your head, if you’re not being educated from home, along with being educated in the school, Black people are going to always be starting from behind and playing catch up. These are certain aspects that we want to attend ASAP.”
To wrap it all up, retired NBA player, Dwayne Wade shared that the trio is devoted to supporting any organization that represents the black community using the Social Change Funds. “I think right now, with everything that has happened since George Floyd in the last two months, we have even more responsibility. We will not get worn down at all. We will continue to push this to continue to add pressure to the change we want to see. Our goal is to create a pathway for inclusion and success by deploying the necessary funds and resources to invest in long-term change.”
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