ORLANDO – The last 16 months have certainly been a challenging time for Americans. The ongoing health crisis, political divide, the economic suffering caused by the pandemic and social justice issues have led to a great deal of pain, frustration and hardships for so many individuals and families.
Children are unfortunately having to breathe all that in while working toward their goals in and out of the classroom, which is why it is absolutely critical for them to have positive role models in their corner to guide them and keep them feeling physically and mentally strong.
Helping provide that spirit and encouragement are organizations that prioritize giving back to their communities. Several of them are doing just that as a team in Orlando, as the Magic, PepsiCo, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Close the Gap (CTG) Foundation are collaborating on a youth mentoring program to teach kids valuable life and leadership lessons.
One of the highlights of the program took place on Thursday at the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence, where Magic forward Chuma Okeke participated in a basketball clinic for the Boys & Girls Club kids directed by the National Basketball Academy.
“This is a real good opportunity for me just to give back to the community,” he said. “I remember going to basketball camps when I was young back in Atlanta. We had Dwight Howard at our camp. Just to see NBA players…