The student athletes of the Rising Stars Youth Foundation program are in a unique position to experience many events and activities that will enrich their lives, says Paul Savramis. From visiting Kobe Bryant’s Wizenard Series Training Camp, cooking for Ronald McDonald House, meal packing events for Haiti and other community service opportunities, the children are exposed to many people and unique situations that have a positive influence on their lives. One of the most recent notable experiences the student athletes have gotten for 2019 was on April 2, when they were honored to meet and listen to the legendary Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Dick Barnett. The experience was made possible through the generosity of Signature Bank, a foundation sponsor and advocate of youth development through educational sports programs.
Q: Who is Dr. Dick Barnett?
Paul Savramis: Dr. Dick Barnett is a hall of fame athlete, educator, author, poet, and motivational speaker. He played for 15 seasons in the NBA and was named all-American three times during college at Tennessee State University. Dr. Barnett, who is nicknamed “Dick the Skull,” holds a PhD from Fordham University and is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Although he retired from teaching at St. John’s University in New York in 2007, Dr. Barnett has remained active off the court and is often invited to speak to up-and-coming student athletes about the importance of being a well-rounded individual and the very real value of education.