Reachin' Out: Anthony Lee of Temple Gives Back to the Community

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2010

They say sometimes winning isn't everything. While that might be true, sometimes playing doesn't even matter.

That's exactly what Anthony Lee from Temple has shown already before he even steps on the court for the Owls.

Lee, pictured here with teammates Rahlir Jefferson and T.J. Dileo, took part in a basketball clinic for youth in the New Jersey area. Temple players were invited, and Lee and his teammates were the three that showed up.

During his time at the clinic Lee was able to teach kids ages five to 18 fundamentals on rebounding, dribbling, and passing. This wasn't your ordinary basketball clinic. It was a Christian event, so besides learning fundamentals, the advisers taught about believing and having a dream.

Among those there was emphasis on staying focused in school and making the best out of your opportunity. The Temple players were humbled in signing autographs, and shortly after a special appearance was made by Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson and his brother Ryan Thompson, who is a rookie for the Utah Jazz.

At their home church the Thompsons not only helped out but also emphasized the importance of staying focused outside of the game of basketball.

Afterwards Lee was all smiles, saying, "I was glad to have the opportunity to help kids out on drills and teach them basic aspects of the game. It reminded me when I was learning how to play ball, how important the simple things matter."

The simplest thing was put on by Shannon Hodge, who is also pictured in the photo (third to left), which was bringing smiles to the kids at this wonderful event. Lee went on to say, "Shannon deserves a lot of the credit. I'm just glad I was a part of it."

A player, but more importantly, a young man who is more than thrilled to help out in the community. Don't let his kindness fool you—he'll soon be dominating at Temple, which is great news for Owl fans. Anthony Lee has shown he can shine not only on but off the court as well.