The children and youth who participate in health and education programs at the East Oakland Boxing Association got the chance to meet Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry on Thursday afternoon. The NBA star joined representatives from Good Sports, a national nonprofit that donates sports equipment to kids, in gifting the community organization $10,000 for new equipment.
“It’s really important to stay fit, to eat the right things,” Landry told the crowd of giddy kids and teenagers.
After talking about the importance of nutrition and exercise, Landry encouraged the kids to appreciate the donation. “That’s a lot of money, man,” Landry said, explaining that he would have benefited from such a donation when he was growing up in Wisconsin. “I hope you guys use it,” he added. “Stay fit. That’s something I do everyday.”
The East Oakland Boxing Association serves about 74 children and youth, ages five to 20 everyday, said Daniel Robinson, physical education coordinator for EOBA. The sizeable donation enabled the group to replace old equipment, he said. The gym bought a pair of new weight lifting benches, a pull-up bar plus gloves, headgear and new playground balls.
“He’s somebody they know from TV,” Robinson said. “It’s an opportunity for them to meet a hero.”