Kobe Bryant sends Jordan Edwards’s brother birthday gifts

Celebrating a birthday, or anything, can be difficult after the loss of a loved one. It’s not difficult to imagine this being the case for Kevon Edwards, 17, who was in the car when a police officer fired a rifle and fatally shot his younger brother, Jordan. The story made national news and is being followed closely as there are more developments  Apparently, retired basketball players are no exception to hearing about the tragic incident. 

Adam Jones donates $20,000 to Negro League Baseball Museum after being targeted with racist heckling

Adam Jones appreciates the history of black baseball players and what they went through. If not for them, he may not have gotten the chance to be where he is now: playing centerfield for the Baltimore Orioles. To offer his thanks, Jones donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City during a visit last weekend. 

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Lawsuit Exposes Racism In College Women’s Basketball Team

Jasmine Orsted’s past coaches called her an “excellent athlete.” She proved that to be true during a year at Northern Virginia Community College where she played well. However, the next year she was cut from the women’s basketball team at the University of Mary Washington before the season started. Reportedly, it was because of a lack of “chemistry” between her and her teammates.

That’s at least what she was told. But Orsted tells a very different story that eventually led to a lawsuit and a settlement of $160,000, according to The Washington Post.

NFL Players Meet With Congress To Talk Police Relations And Prison Rehabilitation

The distrust between police officers and people of color doesn’t go away just because they’ve obtained fame and increased added commas to their bank accounts. They still feel the tension in the communities and are often harassed and wrongfully arrested themselves. To prove that they’re not removed from the international dialogue on police violence, a group of NFL players went back to Capitol Hill this week to speak with members of Congress about what could be done. 

Kaepernick Donates $50,000 To Meals On Wheels, Undermines Trump Budget Cuts

Following a series of proposed budget cuts, many fear that President Trump could be taking money away from Meals on Wheels, which helps bring food to senior citizens across the country, many of whom would not have quality food otherwise. To help keep this from happening, Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to the program, according to The New York Daily News.

NCAA Recruitment Of First Generation Athletes Is On A Serious Decline

In just a couple of decades, the system of college athletic recruitment has had a major facelift. It was once almost a cliche for recruiters to regularly visit low-income households and court the talented children of parents who never went to college. Today, recruiters appear to be more focused on athletes that can get into better high schools and AAU programs.

Tom Farrey of ESPN’s The Undefeated studied this trend in a piece entitled “The Gentrification of College Hoops.”