In partnership with the CP3 Foundation and the Teammates For Kids Foundation, 6-time NBA All Star and 2-time Olympic gold medalist Chris Paul hosted a youth basketball clinic on Saturday, July 28, 2012, one day after the official opening of the 2012 London Olympics. Thomas Tallis School in Blackheath, located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, was the site of the clinic. The kids attending were from the Greenwich Sports Academy (GSA) and the Charlton Athletic Community Trust.
Coaches from the GSA, headed by Joel Moore, assisted Chris with instruction for the 75 youth. The mission of the GSA is to promote basketball at all levels within Greenwich--from grassroots to a professional standard--while developing and maintaining links with schools and the local community. The 90-minute clinic was an opportunity for Chris to give personal instruction to each young athlete.
The two foundations, in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and AEG Europe, have joined forces to fund the refurbishment of a regulation basketball court and two practice courts within Hornfair Park in Charlton, which is located within the centre Royal Greenwich in London. “We look forward to working on this fantastic project that will transform the lives of many young people,” stated Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of Royal Greenwich. Refurbishing the courts is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2013. Funding from the CP3 Foundation will also provide for a 3-year legacy coaching program to complement the refurbished facility.
President & CEO of AEG Europe, Jay Marciano added, “This programme of the masterclass clinic and the plans for an upgrade of a key local basketball amenity amplifies our own community engagement priorities at The O2 in Greenwich. The world class sporting talent represented by Chris Paul and the Olympics, and the on-going coaching programme plays a key role in AEG bringing basketball to the masses through our facilities at international level through to supporting grass roots development in our neighbourhoods. TFKF and CP3 Foundations have made a very generous donation that AEG and Royal Greenwich intend to build on.” AEG will also sponsor a program working with local high school art students in providing their artwork on murals, within the refurbished facility.
When asked about the project, Teammates for Kids Foundation co-founder Garth Brooks said "This is exactly what Teammates was created for...working together with the greatest athletes to help children all around the world. This could not have been possible without AEG and the CP3 Foundation. I would also like to thank the Greenwich Sports Academy for all their support. As for Chris Paul, I am convinced he is an angel living among us."
In 2005, Chris Paul and his family established the CP3 Foundation, a philanthropic partnership with The Winston-Salem Foundation in honor of his late grandfather. The Foundation strives to impact the communities it serves by using its resources and passion for philanthropy to enhance and promote education, health, sports and social responsibility for youth and families.