Ray Allen’s shooting game may not be there currently, but he’s making sure that he contributes to the NBA in another way — a strictly educational way.
To the public, it all started during last week’s championship trip to the White House, but the 17-year veteran is no stranger to opening people eyes to the history of this country. “It’s important; it’s a matter of humanity,” Allen said via the Miami Herald. “Anytime I’ve had time in D.C., I’ve taken my teams to the [United States Holocaust] museum. When you see that, it gives you more compassion.”
Like most of Allen’s endeavors in enlightening others, the news of this trip has remained relatively silent. However, his next adventure is guaranteed to hit the national spotlight as he collaborates with the league for their Black History Month shirts. Allen’s designs will feature the likenesses of Bill Russell, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
But you won’t have to wait that long to hear about Dr. King, because the NBA will join with the rest of the nation on January 20 to celebrate the birth, life and death of the great humanitarian and activist. Regardless of if your favorite stars are playing or sitting at home, you’ll be sure to see him referenced during this special slate of games. Especially with the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh as part of the league’s “Dream Big” campaign.
While acts of civil rights awareness are nothing new for the Heat (ie. their reactions to the Trayvon Martin case), it’s good to see a group of athletes continue to show that there are more important things in life than the money in their pockets.