Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and current NBA Cares Ambassador Jason Collins will open the 2015 National Mentoring Summit to talk about the powerful impact of the mentoring effect both on and off the court. An All-American player at Stanford University, Collins played 13 seasons in the NBA before retiring in November 2014. In retirement, he serves as a powerful voice for diversity and gay rights. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the NBA family have partnered in support of the goal of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative to connect boys and young men of color to resources to achieve success. As an NBA Cares Ambassador, Collins will support the the joint effort to encourage fans to expand the mentoring effect by becoming mentors.
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