Metta World Peace Donates $285,000 to Charity

By Shawn Etemadi

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, previously known as Ron Artest, has donated $285,000 to mental health charities across the nation.

World Peace told the media, “When I was a kid, I did see a counselor. My mom helped me out, she realized I was having problems when I was 13 years old. She realized I was going through a lot. We have a big problem right here in America with mental health, from little boys not understanding what it takes to be a good dad or be a good older brother or a role model — to violence.”

Previously, Metta World Peace auctioned off his 2010 Lakers championship ring to raise $500,000 for charity. He also pledged to donate a portion of his 2010-11 salary to raise money and awareness for mental health patients.

World Peace made the following donations.

– $65,000 to Steinway Child and Family Services in Queens, New York

– $55,000 to Child Center of New York

– $50,000 to Centers for Youth and Families in Little Rock, Arkansas

– $40,000 to Indiana Community Health Network in Indianapolis

– $37,500 to Cleveland Christian Home in Cleveland

– $37,500 to Centerstone of Central Tennessee in Nashville

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