NBA champ asks for community's help in spreading kindness

Derek Anderson giving back after basketball

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Heading into fall, basketball is on the minds of many across Kentuckiana.

We’ve seen the U of L Red and White Scrimmage, Big Blue Madness and NBA pre-season action between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat.

One of the biggest headlines was not in an arena but at the Muhammad Ali Center for the inaugural Acts of Kindness gala, led by former Kentucky Wildcat and NBA star Derek Anderson who founded his Stamina Foundation.

Anderson’s message is focused on leaving more than just your name.

“It’s a blessing to see many people care about it and I knew this community was about kindness – we just had to put it together and do it together,” he said.

Anderson was a member of two championship teams – 1996 at the University of Kentucky and in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

He’s put those titles on the bench and now focusing on his foundation and the Acts of Kindness movement.

“Kindness doesn't cost a dime. It's not about that. You're bringing people together, that's what is going to make a change in the community. The more change we get, the better we are,” he said.

This movement has taken off. All you do is do something nice for someone else and spread the love on social media.

It has grown so big and so fast, Anderson held his Inaugural Acts of Kindness Gala Oct. 14 at the Ali Center in downtown Louisville to continue the momentum.

“To have this type of event is great, but to have it to the person who I've looked up to my entire life and to have it at this moment, can't get any better than that,” he said.

From Championship jerseys and gift baskets to the support of Darrell Griffith and Former Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry, it's easy to tell this community is ready to be kinder.

“We're going to build something for generations, this is going to be a legacy that will last a lifetime,” he said confidently.

Kind – it has a definition of indulgent, considerate or helpful. The decency that it requires is free. But the impact, the effect and the joy it can bring can be everlasting.

That’s the message from a Champion asking for an assist from all of us. If you’d like to donate or learn more head to http://staminafd.com/


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