Baron Davis unveils his Reading & Learning Center at South Park

Every child has a dream. Do you remember yours? Baron Davis definitely remembers his. As a young boy, he dreamed of becoming a basketball player. Davis spent hours at the neighborhood basketball court, playing with kids that were much older than he was. His dream was embraced and supported by his classmates, teachers, after school staff, and most importantly, his family.

As many of us know, Baron Davis went on to achieve that goal, first playing for UCLA and then becoming a two-time NBA All-Star.

The Los Angeles native keeps this city close to his heart, and on Wednesday, August 13, he made that dedication clear when he unveiled the Baron Davis Reading & Learning Center at his former school, South Park Elementary.

Baron Davis is committed to making sure that young kids are given the same opportunity to not only dream, but to achieve their dreams. He states, “As a young boy, I was blessed to have people rally around me to help me make my dreams come true. I made a commitment to myself then that I would do the same when I was older. It is only natural for me to give back to the school that I attended and continue the legacy that I have started in the city of LA.”

Although she is a lifelong Trojan, Cheryl Miller, arguably the greatest women’s basketball player, attended the event and acted as the emcee. Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST President & CEO, also attended the event and awarded Baron Davis with the “O is for Opportunity” award.

As a nationally known leader in after school education, Carla stresses the importance of Expanded Learning facilities such as the Baron Davis Reading & Learning Center. "We have to expand our understanding of how children learn," Sanger says. "Environments like the Baron Davis center provide opportunities for children to explore and discover their passions. That's what we do, and all Expanded Learning programs do, every day. We expect this partnership to benefit children immediately at South Park. We are proud to see one of our alumni giving back to this community, this school and this program. Who knows what journey one of the kids enrolled in LA's BEST will begin tomorrow in the Baron Davis center."

Baron Davis' ties with with LA's BEST go WAY back!  While attending elementary school at South Park, Davis was in the LA's BEST Program.  He also received the LA's BEST Alumni Award in 2007 at City Hall, presented by Carla Sanger, Mayor Villaraigosa, and Magic Johnson.

After cutting the ribbon with Carla, the South Park Principal Dennis Shaffer, and his former elementary school teacher Mr. Deeds, Baron Davis welcomed kids into the school’s hot new hang out—a place where dreams are born!

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