Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 4:06 pm  |  19 responses

Amare Honored With Community Assist

by Ryne Nelson

Charitable work in the League is often taken for granted, but for a long time, Amare Stoudemire has gone above and beyond. Stoudemire’s offseason was incredibly productive, especially in the developing republic of Sierra Leone. By fortifying and improving wells in these communities, Stoudemire ensured water would be readily available for a long time. Water is life–and that too is often taken for granted.

Today, the NBA honored Amare with its Community Assist Award. Below is video from his time in Sierra Leone and the full press-release.


Phoenix Suns’ Amare Stoudemire made a significant monetary donation to aid the people of Sierra Leone and build water wells and a sports academy.

The 2003 Rookie of the Year and three-time All Star took a trip to Sierra Leone, West Africa this summer, on behalf of his foundation, Each 1, Teach 1, and the Zee Community Development Foundation to unveil various project sites where he has donated money to rehabilitate wells.  While in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Amare met with the President Dr. Ernest Bai Amare and prezKoroma, Vice President Sam Sumans and the rest of the cabinet.  He also made various site visits, such as to the water well site in the village Makereh, as well as played a game of basketball with the Sierra Leonean team.  Stoudemire, the Each 1, Teach 1 Foundation and ZeeCD Foundation will continue to partner up to bring more clean water to the country, as well as build an Academy.

“This was a trip that I had been looking forward to taking my whole life, said Stoudemire, “We had already begun to help the communities in Sierra Leone, and it was great to see the efforts in person. One water well built provides water for 450 people, so as you can see, the impact is huge.”

The high death toll, particularly with women and children, caused by preventable water- and sanitation-related diseases is being combated with Stoudemire and ZCD’s collaborative efforts. Stoudemire’s visit will not only be a motivation for youth in sports, but it will give a new face to ZCD’s goals in providing all households with safe and clean drinking water, improving the health of the average Sierra Leonean. “WATER IS LIFE” is the motto that the people there live by.

“I am greatly delighted that Amare came to this post conflict country,” said ZCD Founder and Director Zainab Beckett, “and supported my foundation’s effort in promoting the welfare of the devastated and impoverished Sierra Leoneans. The work we have started with Amare’s Foundation in providing clean drinking water is a high priority for majority of the populace and has created a real impact on the lives of at risk communities that have benefitted.”

Ballers even here.

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  • witness

    this is like jay-z trying to respond to soulja boy.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I love it when guys choose to use their time like this. Great job, Amare.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    This stuff is so important. Thanks Ryne and thanks Amare for giving back some of the love you have earned and received.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Thanks for putting this up, Ryne. I had read a piece in the latest issue of HOOP (with Kob on the cover), about Amare’s summer. Great to see this.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Holly reads WHOOPS? Isn’t that like sacreligious in the SLAMDOME? lol.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    great stuff. btw, isnt it amar’e now? when did that happen? its things like this that make me miss deke. ATTN: ALL GMS, SOMEONE PLEASE PICK UP DIKEMBE MUTOMBO!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    Don’t forget that with our choices / acts, everyday, … we can do good things like to avoid to waste our ressources etc …
    Good that a millionaire take time and a part of his money to help the others.

  • rav

    amazing how he’s turned out after a terrible childhood – respect to amare

  • Blue

    Tarzan: From what I’ve read, Mutombo wants to finish his career in the H…and the front office is “trying” to accomodate that wish, but they haven’t cleared enough cap space to take on his 1 million plus. I don’t see why they didn’t just drop Steve Francis in the off season and take on Dikembe instead. He is a better immediate help, not to mention they could park closer to the arena…

  • Chris Ujma

    it’s Amar’e now SLAM. And yes, he is bothered about it

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    There are a lots of guys in the league doing charitable things like this. I applaud Amare for his work. I just wish the national media would broadcast more things like this instead of the negative stereotypes.

  • The Ghost of Wilt Chamberlain

    I just wish the athletes did these things from the goodness of their hearts, not due to the urgings of their PR consultants.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I guess it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t, unh? Just appreciate a human being trying to do good, end of story. Props to STAT.

  • http://SLAM Olorunfemi

    It is amazing that activities like this never hit the main stream media. I never liked Aamare being a Lakers fan, but now I have mixed feelings. I am originally from Sierra Leone and I appreciate the fact that he took the trouble of visiting that impoverished nation and of contributing towards the welfare of the people. If only their politicians were equally interested in improving the lives of the people they lead!

  • nastierthanyou

    We are the haters that love to talk about high schoolers comin into the league. Here is a guy that came in the L made some money and is changing lives. If he stayed until his senior year maybe this wouldn’t have happened at this time. He wouldn’t have the surplus of $ to fund this endeavor. Bless you Amare

  • Ken

    Good stuff Amare. And I agree that Deke should continue to be in the league. Finger waving+building hospitals= me in the seats.

  • Boing Dynasty

    Am i the only one who wishes the NBA would stop sending so much money to show people all the good work they do? Why not just take the money that it costs to make and air all those NBA cares commercials and halftime specials and put it towards somthing more useful than trying to convince everyone that its not a league of fan punching thugs.
    Good look for STAT tho.

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  • velma pough

    I am one Amar’e biggest fans and needed to know about him since he changed his name spelling. I just wonder what was the reason for the change. I also want him to know, my prayers are with him for a speedy recovery and I’m looking forward to one day meeting him in person. Maybe we can share our experiences with visits to the mother country. I was in South Africa in fall of 2000 and looking at the pictures it appears his smile is so similiar to mines in meeting our sisters and brothers. Much love again I send to him.

    Forever Fan

    Ms. Ve