Former NBA, UK star Derek Anderson discusses gala for 'kindness'

Derek Anderson discusses Acts of Kindness and an upcoming gala

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Homegrown humanitarian Derek Anderson grew up in Louisville’s Southwick neighborhood before going on to win an NCAA Championship with the University of Kentucky Wildcats and an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat.

Anderson’s newest endeavor is branding his love for helping others and bringing more kindness to the world, especially his hometown, which is in the midst of a record year of homicides.

Anderson stopped by Good Morning Kentuckiana with Tabnie Dozier and detailed his inaugural Acts of Kindness Gala taking place October 14.

Below is the official news release with details and contact information:

(NEWS RELEASE) -- The Stamina Foundation cordially invites you to their inaugural Acts of Kindness (A.O.K.) Gala on Friday, October 14th at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. 6th Street in the heart of downtown Louisville. The black tie optional event will begin with a “Meet and Greet” reception at 7 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 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 3 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”. 

Fellow Louisville native and founder of the Stamina Foundation and A.O.K Derek L. Anderson 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! 

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.”

There’s a limited amount of individual tickets still available as well as corporate sponsorships. Go to to secure your table.  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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