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Caris LeVert launches mentorship program for high school students in Brooklyn

“I always wanted to do this when I got to this level.”

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Caris LeVert wears the number 22 on the court, but now he’s using it for something that’s more important.

LeVert has officially launched “The 22 Initiative” as a way of giving back to the community — and remembering how challenging high school can be, whether it’s academics, unexpected life changes, personal tragedy or just simply needing someone to steer you in the right direction.

“We started a program for 22 kids around different high schools in Brooklyn and the idea is to spend time with them and have them do different stuff to help in the future,” LeVert told NetsDaily.

“Today [Sunday] was the first day, so they came to a game which was a cool way to start. In December we’re doing office lessons and things like that. We’re really going for a mentorship program.”

LeVert kicked off the initiative by hosting students on Sunday, The group got to network and hear from Nets’ executives before the 6:00 tip.

LeVert discussed how important it is to be involved with the community, especially with kids who might not have the guidance they need or deserve.

He pointed to himself as an example. His father passed when he was a teenage and his mother is battling multiple sclerosis.

He refuses to use these hardships as a crutch but rather sees them a reason to help others who might be in similar situations.

“Growing up, I didn’t really have anybody that was close to the business world or the NBA world. So for me, I always wanted to do this when I got to this level,” LeVert explained.