Net launches “22 Initiative”
by Bryan Fonseca
Nov 14, 2018 | 10648 views | 0 0 comments | 558 558 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Caris LeVert’s touched a level of stardom over the first few weeks of the NBA season. Now he looks to extend his shining light off the court, with the official launch of, “The 22 Initiative.”

LeVert, who wears the number 22 for the Brooklyn Nets, begins the venture with the intention of giving back to the community like teammates Jarrett Allen, DeMarre Carroll and Spencer Dinwiddie.

LeVert, originally an Ohio native, says the program is looking to aid local high schoolers.

“We started a program for 22 kids around different high schools in Brooklyn,” he said. “The idea is to spend time with them and have them do different stuff.

On day one, the students were treated to a game at Barclays Center and met with others in the Net organization.

“Sunday was the first day, so they came to a game, which was a cool way to start,” LeVert saidl.

The mentorship program will be active in December in a variety of ways.

“Growing up, I didn’t really have anybody that was close to the business world or the NBA world,” said LeVert, whose lost has father as a teenager. “So for me, I always wanted to do this when I got to this level.”

On the court, LeVert looks to be an early frontrunner for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. The third-year swingman leads the team in scoring with nearly 20 points per game, and is also hovering around four rebounds and assists per outing.

Last season, LeVert averaged 12 points per game.
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