Trinity High School graduate-turned-Indiana Pacer Myles Turner was back on familiar ground as he hosted a basketball clinic for more than 140 enthusiastic boys and girls at his alma mater in Euless Aug. 11 and 12. The Bedford native starred at Trinity before graduating in 2014. He played a season for the Texas Longhorns before declaring for the 2015 NBA draft and being selected by the Pacers with the 11th overall pick.
A portion of the proceeds from the basketball clinic went to United Way to benefit the HEB community. United Way obtained underwriting from THR, Ossana Hermosillo and Eric Ogle, and another generous donor to provide a dozen clinic scholarships for lower-income students from HEBISD, including children from Bell Manor Elementary in Bedford, the elementary school Myles attended.
On August 13 Myles turned from basketball to talking about a much larger game—serving the community. At a meeting of community leaders at the 6 Stones Operation Back 2 School event in Bedford, Myles challenged all of the high school students in the HEB area to improve their neighborhood by volunteering at least 10 hours each month this year. He is partnering with United Way and its partners to help execute this challenge.
Dr. Faye Beaulieu, United Way-Northeast Regional Director and HEB ISD Board member (pictured at far left with Myles, along with Euless Mayor Linda Martin and HEB ISD Superintendent of Schools Steve Chapman), introduced Myles during the Aug. 13 meeting by calling him “one of the biggest-hearted young men you’re likely to meet.” She noted that Myles’ challenge to HEB youth likely will generate more volunteers for HEB nonprofits like 6 Stones. “Never have the various elements in our community been as closely related as they are today,” she said. “Our cities, our nonprofits, our chamber and businesses, our faith community and our school district are together generating a synergy much bigger than the sum of their separate parts.”
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