Master P Team Hope NOLA Celebrity Basketball Game Gives Back To The Community
Percy Miller’s annual charity basketball game at Xavier University of Louisiana was more than just hoops, it was basketball with a purpose. Ten scholarships were donated to the inner-city kids in the New Orleans community. The stars came out and played for a great cause in the midst of a packed arena. The super girl group June’s Diary sung the national anthem. The halftime show was performed by R&B super star Cymphonique and Southern Band. The 3-point contest and dunk competition got fans out of their seats as Team NOLA won the championship and Romeo dedicated the MVP trophy to 7-year old Dequante Hobbs Jr. This day was all about peace, helping and preparing the next generation. It was a family fun entertaining event filled with excitement, peace and hope.
Music Mogul Master P Gives Back In A Major Way To Help The Elders In New Orleans
Businessman and entrepreneur Percy Miller aka Master P say, “I don’t want to forget about the elderly. These are the people that helped raise and guide us. If we make it, we are supposed to come back, help preserve them, take care of them, cherish and love them. They are our wisdom. I noticed that many times the elderly are lonely and barely being visited. Team Hope NOLA is focusing on celebrating, thanking and appreciating the elderly by helping beautify their property and most importantly spending time with them.” After Master P himself, helped with some of the indoor painting efforts, he ushered the Guest Home residents for a special surprise, where Percy Miller and his partners fed meals to over 2000 elderly. They also gift the facility with a new flat screen TV, laptops, chairs, tables, and furniture for their community center. Guste Homes CEO Cynthia Wiggins summed up the morning best with her words of gratitude for Master P, "Thank you for being an example to the community of what success really means by giving back to the community that helped raise you and held you down." A stellar example indeed.
Two sons of the city, one a music mogul and the other a professional basketball coach, are using their influence to infuse hope in the youth of New Orleans.
The two have joined together to form Team H.O.P.E. , an acronym for “Helping Our Players Excel.” But instead of Pack and Master P coaching this team about the game of basketball, they’ll instead focus on the game of life. “We identify with them,” Pack said. “The tough times, the bumpy roads, we went through them. It wasn’t easy. But we made it and we want to show them there is an opportunity for them as well.” Pack is hoping that the same success he had at Lawless High and that Miller had while attending Booker T. Washington and Warren Easton spreads to the members of Team H.O.P.E.
“We know some of these kids have that drive and that same competitive spirit and want-to, and we want to give them a platform, opportunities and energies to lead them to that success,” Pack said. “P and I both came up in New Orleans, and we had to grind through this city to get the opportunities that we got, and we took advantage of them.” Pack and Miller say they didn’t have a program like Team H.O.P.E. when they were growing up in New Orleans. So they felt they should start something that will expose the kids to things they normally wouldn’t get a chance to see.
“Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams and goals,” Miller said. “It’s not about where you’re at, it’s about where you’re going to go. Don’t be afraid to say no to negative things. That’s why we’re here right now. We weren’t afraid. We had a lot of people who we thought were on our team who are probably dead or in prison. But we decided to do the right thing. Don’t be afraid to do the right thing.” The program is ongoing. Pack and Miller will monitor the youth throughout their high school years. Eventually, Miller said, they would like to have a building for the kids. The program will have frequent activities for the youth, exposing them to different professions to help them reach whatever dreams they may have.
“This means everything to us because we come from here,” Miller said. “Everybody told us we couldn’t make it, and we excelled.” Now they are hoping the same for these kids who remind them so much of themselves. Pack and Miller were once where they were, growing up in a city in which many youth don’t make it to the age of 25. They hope the program, like its name, gives the kids hope, while at the same time broadening their horizons.
“We got a chance to see the world,” Pack and P said. “That’s what we want for the kids in team hope nola.”