According to a report released in 2015 by the University of Memphis School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Memphis ranks at the top of MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) with populations greater than 1,000,000 in poverty for children under 18. An unfortunate distinction that is showing no decrease even as the number of children living in poverty across the country decreases. Poverty negatively effects children’s academic achievement, socioemotional development and health. All of these are contributing factors to high crime rates, lack of job readiness and despair. How to transform lives so that we alter this trajectory is the challenge.
TRANSFORMATION 50 CAMP
Basketball and Life Skills Camp provides an opportunity for 50 young men to work with Tarik and camp coaches on basketball skills. However, more importantly this program offers life skills training and character-building activities.
In the news section, you will find the most recent media interviews regarding Tarik and the work of the Tarik Black Foundation.
TARIK’s VISION TO SERVE
Tarik Black decided long before he ever signed his first NBA contract that if he was blessed with the resources to give back to his hometown of Memphis, he would. After hearing a moving acceptance speech by former NBA player, now successful businessman Magic Johnson when he was in Memphis for the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award, Tarik understood the powerful influence and impact an NBA player can have on advancing positive change in communities.
Fast forward about 10 years later. Tarik now finds himself in a position to follow in the footsteps of professional athletes who dedicate their personal lives to making a difference in their hometowns, the cities in which they now call home and across the globe.
Congratulations, Tarik on your return to the Houston Rockets!
Terry Davis, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Former University of Memphis star Tarik Black hosted 50 area boys at Ridgeway High School for a basketball camp unlike most others. In addition to teaching basketball skills, campers learned about life off the court —...read more
A Mid-South basketball star finished his week by injecting positivity into the Memphis community. Tarik Black held his first-ever "Righteous Revolution" rally on Friday, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was among the attendees. Black said it's all about inspiring and...read more
A Mid-South basketball star is teaching more than just basketball skills. Tarik Black concluded his first camp, called Transformation 50, that seeks to help youth make an impact off the court. It was a packed house Thursday at a gala hosted by the Tarik Black...read more
by Smart City Memphis (RSS) | July 3rd, 2017 12:51am CDT When you are 6 feet 9 inches tall and earn $6 million a year as an NBA player, people listen to you when you speak. That was clear from the interest in Tarik Black’s recent news conference announcing his new...read more