Tarik hosts TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp
July 9 – 13
604 St. Paul Pl.
This camp is free for 50 boys ages 11-15
Boys interested in participating must apply in person during one of the application sessions that will be held at the Emmanuel Center:
June 16 Session I – 10 am Session II – 4 pm
June 23 Session I – 10 am Session II– 4 pm
Boys chosen for the camp will be notified by June 30 and must attend a brief registration and orientation session with their parent, sponsor or guardian on July 7th at the Emmanuel Center.
Applications must be submitted in person during one of the four sessions. Registration Forms must be competed on site on July 7th if selected to attend. No applications or registration forms will be accepted electronically.
“ASPIRE” was the word of the day on a chilly Sunday morning in April as youth in Houston joined the Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) for a tennis clinic presented by the U. S. Tennis Association’s NetGeneration program. Joined by Rocket teammate Luc Mbah a Moute, Tarik used the word of the day to encourage youth to work to achieve their dreams. While participating in the free clinic, youth met U. S. Men’s Clay Court tennis professionals Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe who visited with participants prior to the start of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U. S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. “This was the first of activities we are partnering with the U. S. Tennis Association’s NetGeneration to provide,” said Judith Moore, TBF president, “We use these types of experiences to teach life skills, instill values and build cultural bridges.” #NetGeneration #U. S. Tennis Association #characterbuildingvalues
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.
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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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.
To learn more about the organization, visit their website.
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