Former NBA star and Miami Heat player Ray Allen is giving back to the community.
Allen, who retired from the game last year, teamed up with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and officially cut the ribbon on a new a state of the art computer lab at Horace Mann Middle School, CBSMiami reported.
The computer lab was paid for by Allen’s foundation “Ray of Hope.” Allen says it’s up to all of us to pitch in when we can.
“People always say ‘they’ need to a better job of this’ or ‘they need to do a better job of that’. But what I’ve realized now, especially as I’ve gotten older, is that the people who they’re speaking of is ‘them’. Each one of us, we’re all ‘they’. We all need to find an opportunity to give back to our school system whether we’re from here or not,” said Allen.
Allen has donated money to help several schools across the country.
Ray Allen spent 18 seasons in the NBA, establishing himself as one of the purest shooters in the league, as well as one of the better outside shooters. Allen played for Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
A 10-time NBA All-Star, Allen appeared in total of 1300 NBA games (1149 started), averaging 18.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg in 35.6 mpg. Allen won two NBA titles, with Boston Celtics (2008) and Miami Heat (2013).