TBF asks public to support their mission on Giving Tuesday Nov. 27th

TBF asks public to support their mission on Giving Tuesday Nov. 27th

Foundation to conduct awareness campaign through end of year.

Memphis—Nov. 9  The Tarik Black Foundation looks forward to participating in the 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 a 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

An Evening for Boys and Men

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.
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.

Tarik signs contract to play overseas

Travel with me to explore the Science of Basketball.

Travel with me to explore the Science of Basketball.

Who’s invited: 2017 TRANSFORMATION50 Campers

(Only campers who attended last year’s camp)

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fieldtrip: U.S. Space Center, Huntsville, AL

Buses Depart: 5:15 am Return appx.: 7:15 pm (please arrive no later than 5:00 am)

Pick-up and Drop-off location: Emmanuel Center – 601 St. Paul St. (near So. Lauderdale)

Thanks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for this invitation to visit the U. S. Space Center for a special program just for Tarik Black Foundation campers. This field trip is free. If you are a 2017 TRANSFORMATION50 Camper and would like to attend, please send an email letting us know you are interested to info@tarikblackfoundation.org to receive a sign-up form and more information.

TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp

TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp

Tarik hosts TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp

July 9 – 13

Emmanuel Center

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.

TBF hosts morning with NetGeneration during U. S. Men’s Clay Tennis Tournament in Houston

TBF hosts morning with NetGeneration during U. S. Men’s Clay Tennis Tournament in Houston

“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

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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