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ATLANTA — On a night where Dion Waiters was a DNP Coach’s Decision, the Miami Heat guard was still willing to answer any questions asked, even with a big bag of popcorn in his hand and AirPods in his ears.
Waiters grew up in a rough area of Philadelphia. He was able to do great things with his life, but everyone is not as fortunate. In 2016, his brother was shot and killed in Philadelphia. That was while Waiters was in the NBA. A tragedy, and something that should never happen, but this world can be an unkind place. Thankfully, there are people like Waiters who use their platform to help and assist people, especially kids.
He has the Dion Waiters Foundation, which is helping to stop teen violence in Philadelphia.
“It’s just about just trying to better the world anyway possible,” Waiters told Amico Hoops. “Making sure you’re connecting with the young guys and the young females in the world today, and trying to set examples for them and put them in positions where they see something differently.”
When Waiters grew up, his life was not what it is today where he has a contract worth in excess of $50 million.
“Everybody’s got their own story,” Waiters said. “Everybody grew up differently.
“We don’t know what people go through unless their story is told.”
According to NBA.com, the non-profit organization will give kids backpacks, school supplies and haircuts before the school year. Around Thanksgiving, he will give families turkeys throughout the Philadelphia area.
“I just believe try to put them in certain positions,” Waiters said. “Get them away from that environment for the time being.”
The foundation has been in place since he has been in the league, but not enough people have given the six-year veteran credit for all he has done.
“I’m not big on that type of stuff,” Waiters said. “I don’t really care about the spotlight none of that. I’ve always been a low-key guy.”