In a video for The Players’ Tribune, Marcus Smart recounts a night in Boston when he was pulled over by a police officer on a gameday and was yelled at and called a racial slur by a mother with her young son in tow on their way out of TD Garden.
Smart penned other thoughts at TPT, detailing life in the Orlando bubble and his early bout with COVID-19 that included his father testing positive, too. Most importantly, Smart talked about the importance of children stepping up and leading our country to a better future:
It makes me smile just thinking about those kids, and what they’re bound to accomplish for our country in the coming years. I’m inspired by what they’re doing — how they’re not just out there, they’re actually helping to lead — and where they’re going to take this country down the line.
We’ve put in some good work at this point, and won some people over, and we’ve gotten some new regulations passed in some cases. But this is really only just the beginning. There is so much more to be done.
Here’s the mission statement for Smart’s YounGameChanger Foundation:
The Mission of Marcus Smart’s YounGameChanger Foundation is to serve as a source of guidance, motivation, encouragement and empowerment for inner-city student-athletes to be GameChangers on and off the court or field. To create opportunities through education, sports and mentorships with a special emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) experiences. To provide inspiration and life-changing experiences to pediatric cancer patients and their families.
You can make a charitable donation here.