Tarik Black: Giving Back to Memphis in a major way

Tarik Black: Giving Back to Memphis in a major way

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 — including police etiquette, table manners and other life skills.

Sponsored by the Tarik Black Foundation, the four-day camp ends today (Thursday, July 13) and worked with youngsters 11 to 15 years old. Tonight, there will be an awards gala for camp participants with the NBA player and foundation CEO Tarik Black serving as the keynote speaker.

Four individuals who have had a major impact on Tarik’s life will receive awards in their honor. This event will be held at the Church of the Holy Communion at Cheney Parish Hall at 4645 Walnut Grove starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is only for campers and invited guests.

The Transformation50 basketball camp limits the camp size to only 50, so that staff can interact frequently with the campers and try to make an impact on their lives and be a positive influence on them. Black could have had in camp in any city, but he chose to bring it to Memphis.

“I have an obligation to my city,” said Black, who most recently played for the Los Angeles Lakers. “I was raised here. I was raised in that manner to give back. While walking in faith once you reach a certain level you are held accountable and responsible to give back.

“Memphis means the most to me,” said the Ridgeway High alum. “This city needs people of influence to come back and to persuade the city and do some things within it.”

Black graduated from U of M in 2013 with a degree in organizational leadership and transferred to the University of Kansas in 2014 to play out his final year of NCAA eligibility. He also earned a masters degree at Kansas.

Black said that despite how his departure looked at the time, he has no ill will toward U of M. He even met with Tigers coach Tubby Smith earlier this week. And former Tigers Chris Crawford and Trey Draper helped with Black’s basketball camp.

The Tarik Black Foundation, which is run by Black’s mother, Judith Black Moore, has other initiatives including one this weekend. The Righteous Revolution Rally will be from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. across the street from Mt. Olive C.M.E. Church at 538 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. The goal is to promote unity, love and power to the Memphis community. The public is invited to this event.

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Basketball star Tarik Black hosts ‘Righteous Revolution’ rally

Basketball star Tarik Black hosts ‘Righteous Revolution’ rally

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 uplifting people to jump into action when it comes to bettering their community, particularly the Bluff City.

“Well, I’d like to say to the community to get involved, to help out,” Black said. “We all talk about having a better Memphis, we all talk about the potential this city has, but we all know with potential, it takes hard work to reach and we’ve talked about it long enough. Now it’s time to act on it.”

Earlier this week, Black held a camp meant to teach dozens of youth important life skills.

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Mid-South basketball star helps kids make an impact

Mid-South basketball star helps kids make an impact

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 Foundation to honor 50 boys across the city who made it through Black’s inaugural summer camp.
During the camp, these kids learned so many life skills, even things like tying a tie, networking, and talking to police.

“This right here is where my heart is,” Black said.

Black is a former U of M basketball player who last played for the LA Lakers in the NBA.

“I want you to work hard,” Black said. “Anything you want to do pursue it. But at the same time, don’t be an athlete, be a person that’s athletic.”

The camp meant so much for 13-year-old Bryce Daily, a rising 8th grader at John P Freeman.

“It taught us life lessons that we’ll know as a man,” Daily said. “Like how to change a tire and tying a tie.”

He said this camp changed his life.

“I learned to dress to impress and I learn life skills,” Daily said.

Black also honored his mentors at the gala who inspired him, including a current MPD sergeant.

Trey Draper also helped organize the camp and Wants the best for these kids and all kids across the city of Memphis.

“It’s about helping them and helping them become better in life,” Draper said.

One boy’s mom in the program had a flat tire a few days ago. The boy was able to change his mom’s tire in the heat.

Black is also hosting the Righteous Revolution Rally event Friday at 3 p.m.
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NBA player hosts basketball camp that teaches more than hoops

NBA player hosts basketball camp that teaches more than hoops

An NBA player who grew up in Memphis kicked off a basketball camp Monday where boys spoke with a Memphis Police Department officer.

Tarik Black is the player behind Transformation 50 basketball and life skills camp. It started Monday morning at Black’s Alma-Mater, Ridgeway High School. In addition to coaching the boys in basketball Black also spoke with them on networking, dating, and communicating with police.

“Bringing in a police officer and speak to the kids and the kids being able to speak to him. He gets the chance to hear the perspective of the people he’s serving,” Black said.

Some of the children said they were a little afraid.  For many this was their first interaction with an officer one-on-one.

Children at the camp said they walked away with different view of the men and women in blue.

“All the violence in the streets and stuff–so it kinda scared me a little bit,” 6th grader Donovan Carter said. “Cops are cooler than you think.”

Black said that’s one of the goals of this camp: to bridge the communication between officers and the communities they serve.

The former University of Memphis and L.A. Lakers player said he also wanted to show the youth of Memphis it doesn’t have to be a choice between education and athletics.

“Teach them the important of education and how much more important that is and how that has actually enhanced my performance as an athlete,” said Black.

Monday was day one of the four day camp. Thursday the foundation will host a Gala where participants will be able to incorporate the networking and table etiquette skills they learned from the camp. Also four individuals who have had a major impact on Black’s life will be presented with awards.

Friday they will host a rally from 3-7 p.m. across the street from C.M.E. Church at 539 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive with the goal to promote unity, love, and power to the Memphis Community. The public is invited to the rally.

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Memphis NBA Player Tarik Black Pays It Forward

Memphis NBA Player Tarik Black Pays It Forward

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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.

Note: Mr. Black was waived by Los Angeles Lakers July 1, and if class counts for anything in the NBA, another team will pick him up.