The Knick’s forward invited members of the men’s and women’s USA basketball teams, along with community leaders and the LAPD, for a discussion at the Boy & Girls Club in L.A. Monday (July 25).
Dubbed, “Leadership Together: A Conversation With our Sons and Daughters,” the “open and honest dialogue” featured young people from ages 13-23 sharing their feelings on police relations.
Carmelo, joined by NBA CARES, the NBPA Foundation and Indiana Fever player, Tamika Catchings, led a discussion on the unique challenges faced in improving relationships between police and communities.
What resulted was an exchange of learning experiences and tangible steps, while challenging the participants to continue the work on a daily basis.
“We came together as one big group first [and] discussed some things,” explained Anthony. “We talked about the issues that’s going on out there today, and we talked about solutions.”
“We know that nothing is going to happen overnight, but what we wanted to do is create something that we can start right now and continue to do,” said the NBA player.
Additional attendees included, Charisse Bremond-Weaver (president and CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade) Calvin Lyons (president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County), and Deputy Chief William Scott of the South Bureau, L.A. Police Department.
See more in the video below, and hit the gallery for photos of fellow NBA players, Deandre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and other participants.