Orlando, Fla. – As part of NBA FIT Live Healthy Week, Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick, through the J.J. Redick Foundation, will provide more than 80 at-risk youth the opportunity to attend a free basketball clinic conducted by Redick on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the RDV Sportsplex (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando, 32810), clinic will be held on former Magic practice court. The youth selected for the free camp are members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida.
“I wanted to provide a free basketball and leadership clinic to a group of deserving kids,” said Redick. “These kids will gain basketball knowledge as well as insight into the importance of education and leadership. Big Brother/Big Sisters is an organization that aligns with the vision of the J.J. Redick Foundation- that every child deserves to have a positive role model and influence on their lives.”
The clinic will include Redick as the main camp instructor, former Magic players and current Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw along with assistance from Magic basketball camp instructors.
During NBA FIT Live Healthy Week, the entire NBA family – led by the NBA/WNBA FIT Team – will join celebrity chefs, community members, and partners to highlight the importance of healthy living. NBA FIT Live Healthy Week will feature grassroots programs and events, special on-court apparel, along with in-arena and online programming designed to inspire kids and families across the country to live active, healthy lives.
Throughout the week, NBA and NBA Development League players will wear special on-court attire, including adidas NBA FIT shooting shirts and blue headbands and wristbands. By following @NBACares Jan. 24 through Feb. 1 and correctly answering FIT-related questions, fans will have a shot at some great daily NBA giveaways, including NBA FIT Team autographed items
For more than 37 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida Mission is to help at-risk youth reach their greatest potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, throughout Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard and Lake Counties, FL. Currently, there is an extreme shortage of male mentor (BIGs) matches available for young African-American and Hispanic males which has caused a large percentage of young males to be placed on a waiting list. Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were:
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- 33% less likely to hit someone
The J.J. Redick Foundation, founded in 2011, is a not-for-profit organization established to benefit underprivileged youth. Our mission is to inspire children to conceive and achieve goals through programs and services designed to enhance their lives. The J.J. Redick Foundation objective is to assist in a child’s ability to hope and dream past their current realities, providing an opportunity for a brighter and more productive future.
Source: Orlando Magic Media