NBA player visits local Boys and Girls Club
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia welcomed Hardwired Global for a workshop with refugee kids while they had the day off from school on Monday.
"And we are bringing them together to go through the for topics simulation that we use to bring diverse groups of people together to create better intercultural understanding and support of one another,” said Victoria Triggas, the outreach and development officer for Hardwired.
Hardwired Global is an international human rights nonprofit based in Richmond that works all over the world to integrate cultures.
For Monday's event, it also invited NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom, who is a partner with Hardwired to talk about the importance of human rights.
“I just love what they were doing and wanted to be a part of it and when hardwired reached out to me for not just the award show, but for this beautiful event I was like immediately yes,” said Freedom.
In July, he was recognized for using his platform to promote human rights and religious freedoms internationally.
Freedom says, of all the awards he’s ever received, this was his favorite.
“But that award definitely meant a lot to me because of who was giving it to me, you know I just think they are unbelievable people, really warm people, really friendly people,” said Freedom.
Freedom spoke about some of the struggles he experienced as he went into the NBA and even came to America. He also shared some words of wisdom.
“I would just say obviously you’re going to have good days and bad days, good games or bad games," he said. "I think that one thing that you have to focus on is just whatever happens in life you can’t ever, never give up on your dreams."
Hardwired also partnered with local organizations Welcoming Greater Charlottesville and the International Rescue Committee to put on the workshop, where the youth got to hear the story of an immigrant and let them know they are heard.