FAZE GUEST COLUMNIST:
Chris Bosh, the NBA basketball star jumps at his chance to talk to Faze readers, and makes it count!
When I was offered the opportunity to share something with you, I was ecstatic. I attempt to set an example on and off the court. As co-captain this year of the Toronto Raptors, I am attempting to show leadership on the court by making the correct decisions regardless of the scenario. This includes my behavior while participating in practice, speaking engagements and games. If I work hard, day in and out, hopefully it will drive my teammates to do so also.
Off the court, I am also reaching my goal of giving back to the community. I am very passionate about this. Not too long ago, I was the kid participating in different community centres and Boys and Girls Club programs – learning and establishing values in different areas. Now that I have the opportunity, I am definitely focused on giving back.
My mother, Freida Bosh, my cousin, Adriane Mayes, and I work hard to show our faces in the community and to give back. This year, we have our third year of Ticket Programs, a mentoring program called Bosh’s Kids, a book club entitled Bosh’s All Stars, various education related contests that reward youths with game tickets, and we will host a Black History Quiz Bowl in February. I also speak at various times throughout the season emphasizing literacy, education, and respect. I have been lucky to have Converse Canada and Scholastic Canada on board with The Chris Bosh Foundation because they believe in our mandate and what we are doing in the community. They have been extremely supportive of all of our endeavors in the United States and Canada.
It is important to surround yourself with the most positive, skilled and supportive team possible. In order to have an idea of who that may be, you must pay attention to the people around you. Truly, education is one way of becoming aware of the difference between right and wrong. Your decisions in life are based on what education you receive. Listening to your teachers, elders and mentors will help steer you to the correct decisions.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to play professional basketball. My position has given me the opportunity to reach out to all of you. If you remember one thing, just remember to be an individual. Sometimes life may throw curve balls at you, but keep doing what is right — no matter who is watching. Continue to work hard and reach your dreams. Dreams do in fact come true.
Co-Captain: Toronto Raptors
Born: Mar 24, 1984
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight: 230 lbs. / 104,3 kg.
Shoe Size: 13
College: Georgia Tech, USA
Graduated with honours
Nickname: CB4 (Initials + jersey #)
• As a rookie, Bosh averaged 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds (T-28th in NBA), 1.41 blocks (24th) in NBA
• Set Raptors franchise record for most rebounds in a rookie season with 557
• Made his first NBA start, registering six points, six rebounds and three blocks in 31 minutes Nov. 14 at Sacramento
• Netted a career-high 25 points, including his first career triple to send the game into overtime and nine points in the extra frame, Nov. 16 vs. Houston
Check out The Chris Bosh Foundation: www.chrisboshfoundation.org
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