By Annalece Montgomery
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In June, Brooklyn Nets Forward Kenneth Faried took home second place at the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament. Who would have thought he had such mad skills, let alone to be runner up to the duo of Ninja and DJ Marshmellow? He took home a cool $250,000 in prize money, with the stipulation that it had to be used for a charitable purpose. Following the competition at E3, he was excited to finish second and happy that he worked as well as he did with his replacement partner, CourageJD – his original partner, Summit1G came down with a sickness shortly before the event.
And with that, he’s used his winnings to establish the Kenneth Faried HAT foundation – the ‘HAT’ stands for “humble, appreciative and thankful.” While it’s in its infancy, Faried only said that the foundation would focus on using sports, including basketball, to help young people.
Speaking to SportTechie’s Joe Lemire, he said “I’m trying to teach kids to be this way through basketball and the fundamentals of basketball: teamwork, being a partner to somebody, being respectful, listening to a leader and not just a coach as a leader. Some players step up and become leaders. We’re trying to teach that through basketball and other sports.” We’re looking forward to seeing Faried’s foundation grow and impact the community.
Fans, how do you want to see our athletes keep busy in the off season? Should they take a page from Kenneth Faried’s book? Should they focus on giving back to their community? Should they do whatever relaxes them, including playing video games like Fortnite? How about combining their favorite recreational activities with giving back? We’d love to hear from you!
Power To The Fans!