Sports Career Interns will get ideas for Plan B

Sports Career Interns will get ideas for Plan B

We tell athletes they need an alternative career in mind as they pursue their dream to play sports professionally. While young men who love sports but are not athletically inclined most often think they have no future in this industry. To offer ideas for alternatives to actually playing a sport, Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) this summer will introduce a paid internship designed to offer ideas for “Plan B” sports-related careers.

The internship is for 15 male teens who have signed up for employment with the City of Memphis’ summer youth employment program, MPLOY. Interns will be assigned to the Plan B internship program by officials in the Youth Services Division during their annual job fair for MPLOY participants.

“We hope every young man who wants to be a professional athlete or pursue another “dream” job gets that chance, but we want them to have a second choice in mind – one that they can be equally as excited to pursue,” explains Tarik Black, foundation founder.

As a pro athlete, Tarik interfaces with many professionals that support him personally and in addition, there are hundreds of services and products that support the industry as a whole. This includes technical, medical, scientific, communications, and business professionals as well as skilled laborers who keep this industry going. Plan B interns will get to learn about some of these jobs through mentoring sessions and exploratory field trips.

In addition, interns will participate in various character education and life skills activities which is always an essential component of programs provided by TBF. The paid internship is six weeks, June 3 – July 11, 2019.

Male teens who applied in December 2018 and have been hired for the 2019 MPLOY Experience may express an interest in being considered for the Plan B Internship during the spring MPLOY job fair.

Applications for TRANSFORMATION50 2019 Now Accepted

Applications for TRANSFORMATION50 2019 Now Accepted

The Tarik Black Foundation is now accepting applications for this summer’s TRANSFORMATION50 basketball and life skills camp. This year’s camp will be held at Gaisman Community Center. The camp runs July 15 – 19, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. The camp, which is hosted by Tarik Black, is for boys ages 11 – 15 years old. Boys do not have to be a member of a basketball team to attend. There will be ten boys selected for each age group. Boys selected will be notified by June 1, 2019.

For more information about TRANSFORMATION50 basketball and life skills camp CLICK HERE.  To apply please complete and submit the TRANSFORMATION50 application by May 15, 2019.

Support TBF on Giving Tuesday Nov. 27th

Support TBF on Giving Tuesday Nov. 27th

Foundation to conduct an awareness campaign through the end of the year.

Memphis—Nov. 9  The Tarik Black Foundation looks forward to participating in 2018 Giving Tuesday Campaign. Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that encourages the public to contribute to charities they wish to support on this day.

In the days leading up to the campaign, the foundation will conduct a social media awareness campaign to help the public understand the foundation’s mission and vision for the future.

“We are using this month leading up to Giving Tuesday to inform people about who we are and our mission of providing programs for youth that build character, instill values and teach life skills,” said Judith Moore, President.

Moore says that this campaign is as much about getting people acquainted with the organization as it is about raising funds.

As the TBF enters its third year, foundation leaders feel it’s time to focus on publicizing their cause and vision. “The first two years we were more focused on establishing our programs, seating board and creating the infrastructure needed to support our work,” said Moore. “With two camps up and running and having hosted many activities in Memphis, Houston, and Los Angeles, we are ready to more actively seek public support.

The foundation’s campaign will kick-off with a message from Tarik Black, CEO, and Founder of TBF. He will post his message from Israel where he is currently playing for Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv basketball team. Board members and staff will then help spread the word via their posts the remainder of the month.

Moore says this campaign will continue after Giving Tuesday until the end of the year. Giving Tuesday is an annual event with global reach.

Tarik signs contract to play overseas

Tarik signs contract to play overseas

The Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) is excited to announce that Tarik has signed a one-year contract with Israel Maccabi Tele Aviv. This will be his fifth season playing professional basketball. Last year, he returned to the Houston Rockets after a 2 1/2 year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his rookie season with Houston playing half the season before moving to the Lakers.

While Tarik is overseas playing, the TBF will continue to further build its two summer camp programs – TRANSFORMATION50 for boys and Summer GLAM (Girls’ Life Academy Memphis) for girls. The Maccabi Tele Aviv season will end just in time for him to return to Memphis to conduct his summer camps in July 2019.

“We are looking forward to this year in Tele Aviv opening opportunities, not just for me as a basketball player but for my foundation and other professional ventures I’d like to pursue,” said Tarik. “From the start, our dream for the foundation has been to one day offer multi-cultural and international experiences for youth. I hope my living and working abroad this year moves us closer to this dream becoming a reality.”

The TBF congratulates Tarik and wishes him and his family all the best. We look forward to an exceptionally great 2018 – 19 basketball season for him as he plays across Europe this year.

An Evening for Boys and Men focuses on thinking before acting

An Evening for Boys and Men focuses on thinking before acting

George Weaver (left) Jerald Trotter (center) Ken Hamlin (right)

A Conversation about Growing into Manhood

George Weaver program consultant for the Brotherhood Crusade, Los Angeles; Jerald Trotter, Fed Up Anti-Gun Crime Campaign spokesperson, and Ken Hamlin, Former NFL Player talked to TRANSFORMATION50 campers about keeping a level head and thinking about the potential consequences of their actions. This forum was the final program for the 2018 TRANSFORMATION50 Camp. The event included the announcement of this year’s Community Citizen Mentor Honorees: Ken Bennett – Streets Ministries; Pastor Peris Lester, Mount Olive Cathedral CME Church; Coach Verties Sails former Southwest Community College Coach, and Sgt. Wesley Littlejohn, Memphis Police Department.

The finale was the announcement of the TRANSFORMATION50 Camp Awards for 2018: Carlito Craft – 1st Place Character Award, Donovan Carter – 2nd Place Character Award and Nikkareon Williams and Myles Richarson – Tournament MVP Awards. This concluded a week of camp activities including a field trip to the Marshall Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL where campers learned about projectile motion, the force that puts a thrown basketball into motion. In addition to basketball skills, campers learned life skills such as tying a tie, checking under the car hood and using household tools. Camp application and registration dates are announced in early spring and will be posted on this site and in our social media.