Wilma Pack had one rule in her household. "If you start something, you have to finish it," she said Tuesday night. Her son Robert did just that, picking up a basketball at a young age and letting it take him from the Fischer Projects to a college degree to a 13-year playing career in the NBA and a coaching career that has him now serving as an assistant for his hometown Pelicans.
New Orleans police officer Abram Pedesclaux turned to the young black girl at the community event in the Lower 9th Ward and asked what scared her about police officers. "You might kill me," the young girl responded. A joyous mood previously brought by kids enjoying physical fitness fun and dancing to the latest hip-hop spun by DJ RO came to an immediate halt.
Two sons of the city, one a music mogul and the other a professional basketball coach, are using their influence to infuse hope in the youth of New Orleans. Entertainment industry legend Master P joined forces with New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Robert Pack to launch the Team H.O.P.E (Helping Our Players Excel) Mentoring Program.
Ke'ani Page will never grow into the size 16 autographed shoes Anthony Davis gave to her Thursday night. And chances are, there's something else that will never happen for the 6-year old from Lafayette. She'll probably never top the Christmas she just had. "This is a Christmas miracle," said Sheena Page, Ke'ani's mom.
New Orleans Pelicans assistant Robert Pack is teaming up with rapper and businessman Percy 'Master P' Miller to launch a mentoring/life skills program to aid at-risk youths between the ages of 12-15. The program named Team H.O.P.E.
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