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Former NBA Player Robert Pack and Rapper Master P Join Forces To Coach At-Risk Boys In New Orleans

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Robert Pack was a 13-year NBA journeyman known for his high-flying dunks even though he was only 6’2″. Now 48 years old, he’s an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans.

However, he doesn’t just coach NBA stars. Along with friend, former AAU teammate, and rapper Percy Miller (a.k.a Master P), Pack formed Team H.O.P.E Nola in November, where he coaches 20 boys between the ages of 12 and 15 in the game of life. H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Our Players Excel, by the way.

According to The Undefeated, the Lower 9th Ward “at-risk” boys were chosen by coaches, counselors, teachers, and social workers to be part of the program that meets twice per month. They take part in educational outings, service day projects, and social excursions for a very good reason.

“To keep them busy and make them feel part of something larger,” Pack told The Undefeated. “They’re all good kids – they just need that little push and to be told they can.”

Most recently, Pack and Miller took a few boys to help people in East New Orleans recover from the tornado that ripped through the area on Feb. 8.

Take a look at their work:

Here’s more about the program:

The boys involved will have opportunities like these for the next three to four years. After that, Pack and Miller will track their progress.  After all, momentum is what it’s all about.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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