On Thursday, January 24th, Caris LeVert of the Brooklyn Nets brought a group of kids from his 22 Initiative Mentorship Program to the Nike offices in NYC to meet and hear from company executives on the steps they took to achieve professional success.
The six-member panel gave advice and tips on the importance of education, hard work, and dedication. Each child also received a copy of James Kerr’s book, Legacy, signed by LeVert.
LeVert was inspired to establish the 22 Initiative in partnership with UWantGame through his desire to give back to the Brooklyn community and remembering how challenging high school was from the demands of academics to unexpected life changes and personal tragedies. LeVert leaned on many mentors to help get him through his mother’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, his father’s death, selecting a college and much more.
LeVert will continue to work with the students throughout the season to provide six life skills based, educational and career development experiences that will help them be more conﬁdent and focused on their goals.