NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 28, 2010) - Children in Central City will soon be able to enjoy a wide variety of safe, enriching afterschool programs thanks to a groundbreaking partnership between one of the city's premier athletes and one of its largest banks.
The CP3 Afterschool Zone presented by Chase will be funded by a partnership between Chris Paul, NBA All-Star guard of the New Orleans Hornets, and Chase, which has 4,100 Louisiana employees and 150 branches statewide. Paul and Chase will contribute $500,000 each to benefit the children of New Orleans.
The program emerged from several years of study by the Afterschool Partnership of Greater New Orleans, which will administer the $1 million grant.
"It's an honor to launch the CP3 Afterschool Zone for kids to have a safe and enriching environment where they can learn and play after school," Paul said. "Participating in an after school program growing up made a priceless impact on me and my brother. The unforgettable experiences that we shared helped me become the person I am today. It's a blessing to be part of this city, as we continue to come together and build stronger communities for our youth."
The CP3 Afterschool Zone will team up with local schools, libraries, recreation centers and museums to provide programs tailored to the needs and interests of each child- art, music, sports, educational games and help with homework. There will be no cost to the children or their families.
"Our community impact is multiplied when we are part of creative and powerful collaborations like the CP3 Afterschool Zone," said Kimberly Davis, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. "We consider this a national model - and Chris Paul a model for athletes seeking to pay it forward and share their good fortune with kids in need."
The children will have free access and transportation to afterschool programs hosted by KIPP Central City Primary School, the Mahalia Jackson Center, Kids SmArt, New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana Children's Museum, Lango New Orleans, Community Works, Contemporary Arts Center and Kids Play NOLA. Programs include theater and drama, dance, life skills, recreational sports, culinary arts, yoga, foreign language instruction and more.
"On behalf of the Afterschool Partnership of Greater New Orleans, we are incredibly grateful to the Chris Paul Foundation and Chase for their investment in our community," said Gina Warner, Executive Director of the Afterschool Partnership. "After school is the time when young people discover their interests and strengths that often lead to decisions they will make as adults. As such, this remarkable program will truly impact the lives of these youngsters."
Lizette Terral, President of Chase in New Orleans said, "Too many kids in New Orleans return to an empty house after school every day. We want our city's kids to have a safe and secure place to train their talents, learn about life and have fun."
Admiral Center, a partnership between Living Cities and NBA legend David Robinson, was formed to provide an efficient platform for athletes and entertainers to achieve their philanthropic goals through sustainable partnerships with best in class organizations. The Admiral Center played an integral role in creating this partnership and developing the program and will remain actively involved on behalf of Chris Paul.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this great partnership between Chris Paul and Chase, a perfect example of what can be accomplished through a collaborative approach," stated David Robinson, namesake of the NBA's community service award. "Our goal is to identify leaders like Chris who have a real heart for giving and to make sure that passion leads to lasting change in communities like Central City New Orleans."
Details of the donation and its impact on the children of Central City will be announced at a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 28. The site will be the KIPP Central City Primary School at 2625 Thalia Street, New Orleans, 70113.
"We are so proud and grateful to have been chosen as the founding school for the CP3 Afterschool Zone program. The investment being made by Hornet point guard Chris Paul and Chase is indicative of the future of Central City; the terrific afterschool opportunities now available to our young scholars will greatly augment their learning environment and ultimate academic achievement," said Korbin Johnson, school leader of KIPP Central City Primary.