Atlanta, GA, December 11, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- While attendees enjoyed premium steaks and decadent desserts, they took part in a conversation with Damien ranging from the importance of education, to succeeding despite obstacles they may face at home.
Damien encouraged participants to focus on their education to achieve true success, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and surrounding themselves with the right influences. Students had a chance to ask questions and were surprised to learn that Damien had experienced many of the same struggles they face. “It was important for them to know, I’ve been where they are, and I made a choice at a young age to stay focused on my goal, which was making a better life for me and my family” said Damien, “I challenged them to work on being a step ahead of their competition on the court and in the classroom.”
The kind-hearted NBA star has been heavily involved in community outreach initiatives in Atlanta since joining the Hawks. Most recently, he became an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club, an organization he credits with saving his life as a young man. In that same spirit, Damien decided to host this holiday dinner to reach out to young men who could benefit from the same type of experience that changed his life. More importantly, Wilkins knew that they would be able to relate to him because he understands their journey as student athletes. Damien also serves as an international ambassador for Save the Children with a focus on their programs in Africa.
About Damien Wilkins: The eight year NBA vet currently a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks has also played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma Thunder. His scrappy “play to win” mindset has been a key factor in the success of his career, and his team spirit makes him a favorite among his NBA colleagues. The loving father of three is an advocate for children’s causes, motivational speaker and budding thespian.