North Carolina Tar Heels legend Marvin Williams went back to his college roots last month to help unveil a renovated gymnasium at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in High Point, North Carolina.
The renovation featured all new lights, backboards, scoreboard, fresh paint, and basketballs. The highlight of the refurbished gym was a custom mural by North Carolina street artist Jeks, featuring two children from the club. Sponsored by New York Life in partnership with Bleacher Report, the renovation was designed to create an impactful change in a community and empower youth athletics.
For nearly three decades, the New York Life Foundation has supported the youth of Boys & Girls Clubs across America. As the title sponsor of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the 2019 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, renovating the gym in the heart of ACC country highlighted the long-standing partnership.
Williams, who was a Boys & Girls Club member before helping the Tar Heels win the 2004-05 national championship, also spoke to everyone in attendance. His inspiring message stressed the importance of always dreaming big, following through on your goals and reminding everyone that anything is possible.
After a question and answer session, Marvin invited the kids to try out the new court and showcase their skills alongside the 14-year pro basketball veteran.