Drew Gooden, who grew up in Richmond and went on the basketball stardom at El Cerrito High School, the University of Kansas and the NBA, was back in his hometown on Aug. 16 to give out school supplies and offer advice to children in the summer programs at the Richmond Recreation Complex on Macdonald Avenue.
In the video above, the affable Gooden talks about his career and tells the youngsters about the importance of getting good grades — even for an athlete — and how important it is to save and manage money wisely.
Gooden has established a foundation that has held worked to help kids in Richmond, including toy distributions at Christmas and summer programs this year at five community centers in the city.
The hope is to inspire young people to success and to give back to the community, said Maurice Braxton, who works with the DG Foundation. The foundation teamed with financial firm PWC for this week’s event.
“They need to see somebody who made it from here,” Braxton said. “We’re trying to find every outlet we can.”