CP3 in China, Day 3
Follow Chris Paul during his trip to China.
by Chris Paul
Today is my last full day in Guangzhou and it’s all about the kids and giving back to the community.
Just like the work in my own community through the CP3 Foundation, I wanted to learn more about kids in the underserved communities of China and what Jordan Brand and I could do to help.
There are many rules and regulations, but I had the opportunity to visit Donghui Primary School. It’s a private school, but not like a private school in the U.S. These kids are children of the migrant community, a large population of people that work extremely hard in difficult conditions, whose kids are often not able to attend regular public school. Donghui was created by it’s principal who invested his own money to give these kids a shot at a decent education.
We went there to help refurbish the school and dedicate new basketball courts that will be finished by the time the school year begins. These kids [ages 7-13—Ed.] had so much happiness in their eyes. They all play basketball and I got a chance to see what they knew about the game and show them a few moves to help them get better.
We broke ground on the basketball courts that day and I hope I might have the opportunity to come back and see the new courts, but also the hope in those kids’ eyes.
The rest of the day was spent meeting the hundreds of people that work hard to create my shoe, the Jordan CP3.II. It’s an amazing process and so much work done by hand. I have so much respect for the time and dedication it requires; I even met the person who paints the Hornet stinger (design element) on the shoe. If you think about it, it’s like wearing a one of a kind shoe each time you put them on.
Well, it’s been a great week in China, but it’s time to head back home. So many great memories of this trip too numerous to capture, but ultimately it’s the people that will make me want to go back and visit China again and again!