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Basketball star Chris Paul does more than just score on the court. He along with his family founded “Chris Paul Family Foundation” to provide resources for stronger communities. This past holiday season he put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children. Partnering with major corporations, he explains in this interview with Beautifully Said why it takes more than being a celebrity to evoke a positive change in today’s society.
The Chris Paul Family Foundation provides a number of resources to build strong communities. Tell us how the foundation originated to help individuals and families?
We founded the CP3 Foundation in 2005 initially to give scholarships to two students from Winston-Salem to Wake Forest University, one academic and one athletic. The scholarships are given in my late grandfather’s name. In 2014 we changed the name to the Chris Paul Family Foundation since my family has been involved since the beginning. The Chris Paul Family Foundation now strives to positively impact individuals and families by providing resources that enrich and strengthen the healthy development of strong communities. Through partnerships with Feed The Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs, LA’s BEST, The Reachability Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, we support literacy and technology initiatives, health and wellness programs and after school enrichment.
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How has your influence as a sports celebrity helped you to partner with others in the entertainment industry and corporations such as Chase to give children more fulfilling opportunities especially during the holidays?
First of all, I have an amazing team around me that supports me and our foundation. I have a number of friends, like Kevin Hart, who also feel it is important to give back to our community. This year (2016) was our third year hosting the shopping spree for 500 children.
Celebrity is not the only thing that opens the door with corporations such as Chase. It’s seeing a commitment from the person. We have been blessed to work with numerous organizations that we believe make a difference in their communities. It’s that work that brings a corporate sponsor to the table.
For more on the Chris Paul Family Foundation visit https://chrispaul3.com/foundation/