When homegrown basketball legend, God Shammgod, revisited Harlem final weekend, he did so with the first intention of giving again to the neighborhood the place he got here of age at by positively affect the native youth. The native Harlemite returned to his previous stomping grounds to launch the second version of his “Legacy Shammgod” Puma sneakers, in addition to accompanying clothes line.
On the Saturday morning of Aug. 21, he and his father, Blackseed God Shammgod, stopped off at Harlem’s Kennedy Heart (34 W.134th St.) and shared some very encouraging phrases with a number of dozen youths enrolled of their “Workforce Shammgod” basketball program. For a lot of of them, it was their first time ever assembly an elite baller who’s already ascended the excessive ranges they aspire to achieve sooner or later.
“I needed to come back again to my neighborhood and present a constructive reflection of themselves inside, by exhibiting that any person that got here from the identical place they’re from, could make a distinction and make it out of New York,” God Shammgod explains.
He huddled with the youths on the basketball courtroom encouraging them to be the very best they are often. Then they carried out some drills, operating, passing & taking pictures the basketball for an hour or so previous to his workers handing out free merchandise, which included his sneakers, Shammgod Dime jackets and pants, Shammgod tee-shirts, and the Shammgod Flare Shorts.
“I used to be proud that he selected to do one thing in his neighborhood as a result of there’s not quite a lot of packages which can be Black-ran anymore for the youngsters to go to and have some enjoyable,” the elder Shammgod famous. “That is one thing he’s been longing to do, and this was the fitting time to get it finished.”
Born in Brooklyn, April 29 1976, raised in Harlem, he was recruited by Windfall Faculty in 1995 after graduating from La Salle Academy, all of the whereas honing his expertise at Harem’s famed Rucker Park, and Colonel Charles Younger Playground. The six-foot level guard quickly grew to become acknowledged for his deft dribbling and signature one-handed “Cross Ova to God”, a.okay.a. “The Shammgod.”
Drafted by the NBA’s Washington Wizards in 1997, his sick ball-handling expertise and modern transfer revolutionized how gamers dealt with the peel, impacting many globally – from aspiring amateurs on blacktops all through city America’s concrete jungles, onto all-stars on the hardwood flooring – inflicting him to be a right away recreation changer. He has served because the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks’ participant developmental coach since 2016.
Shammgod suggested youths to remain out of hassle and purchase an training; previous to doing an in-store presentation at Harlem’s Jimmy Jazz (239 W.a hundred and twenty fifth St.), the place dozens of followers took discover.
“Workforce Shammgod got here up right here to speak to the youngsters about college, life, basketball, and how one can grow to be higher human being interval, to allow them to be any person constructive,” God Shammgod defined. “I need to give again to my neighborhood simply because it was finished for me years earlier. If I can change one life, then I can doubtlessly save hundreds of thousands.”
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