Basketball-star takes local group of young players on an inspiring adventure

August 16, 2019 07:08 PM

Schenectady-native Rashaun Freeman knows a thing or two about basketball. For more than a dozen years, Freeman made a career out of playing professional hoops all over the world. Only here, back in his hometown is where he's hoping to make a big difference in some young player's lives.

"Just to take these kids out of the city for one day, to UMass, to the Basketball Hall of Fame, it just starts to allow their dreams to become a little bit bigger," said Rashaun Freeman.

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Through Parson's Mantel, a non-profit organization Freeman started to help build a legacy of service, integrity and faith in the community, he's taking a group of local kids on a basketball adventure Friday.

"I think it's a big opportunity to meet a lot of sports hall of fame people said Nasir Roland of Schenectady."

After the Hall of Fame, the group will end their day touring the basketball program at U-Mass, where Freeman graduated as a top five scorer in the program's history.

"I think when they see something different than they're used to, then a lot of them start believing they can do the same thing i did."

If Freeman looks familiar it's because before he attended U-Mass, in 2001 he was also a NewsChannel 13 All Star and helped Schenectady win a state title. The now retired basketball player says he hopes with visits like this, he can help inspire another generation of players. 

"My goal is to make it to the NBA or NFL or be a boxer," said Roland.

"Really, what I want to do is to allow these kids to dream bigger," said Freeman.


Brooke Selby

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