The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: With so much going on in communities across the country one man who happens to be a former NBA star, a member of the 1996 NCAA championship basketball team, the Kentucky Wildcats. Louisville, Kentucky native Derek Anderson is on a mission to bring “kindness” back into the lives of young people. On Friday, October 14th at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville the Stamina Foundation will welcome some 300 guests to it’s inaugural Acts of Kindness (A.O.K.) Gala. The black tie optional event will begin with a “Meet and Greet” reception at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m.

During the reception guests will have an opportunity to take a tour of the center and its new exhibits named in memory of legendary boxer, humanitarian and Louisville native Muhammad Ali, who died on June 3rd of this year at the age of 74. Former UK players and other NBA players and coaches will be in attendance for the “Meet and Greet”.

Anderson is the founder of the Stamina Foundation and A.O.K. and understands the importance of giving back to the community. The NBA and NCAA champion was a great individual basketball player but also knows that working as a team both on and off the court creates positive results. His goal and aspiration is to empower youth and give confidence to pursue their dreams. The A.O.K. was created to show our youth that being kind is the ONLY way we can be great!

Also, during the gala, Anderson and his Stamina team will recognize a community leader with the Muhammad Ali Award and the Derek L. Anderson Acts of Kindness Award. Anderson says “Random acts of kindness are not enough, we must begin to create a new culture, where being kind to others is a way of life and expected. Since launching this initiative it’s taken on a life of its own. I’m getting calls from all over the world asking how they can help. Very soon we will be able to announce a few programs that will benefit not only the City of Louisville but the state and the region. I want to create a model to be developed all over the world.”

For additional information go to Proceeds benefit the Stamina Foundation which will go to programs and events to benefit youth and the development of Stamina Academy.

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