Los Angeles Lakers player and Memphis native Tarik Black had multiple reasons to return to his hometown on Tuesday.
In the office of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Black married his longtime girlfriend Kennedy Raye.
Later that day, the former Memphis Tiger announced the launching the Tarik Black Foundation for underprivileged inner city youth in Memphis.
He held a press conference at Streets Ministries to discuss his new foundation and the inaugural for the TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp. The foundation is managed by his mother, Judith Black Moore, who serves as president of operations.
The camp will be held at Black's alma mater, Ridgeway High School and will be free for 50 children of various age groups and skill levels based on the application process.
"We're just going to go through the process of teaching kids basketball, but instilling in them life skills and skills needed to move forward beyond basketball," said Black. He hopes to instill lessons as simple as proper etiquette and writing a resume or as complex as figuring out the tax code.
Black stated, "God has put me in the position to give back, and I feel like its my obligation." As his first steps in philanthropy, he hopes to give back to his hometown by having an impact on the city as he continues to explore how to best serve the city of Memphis through his foundation.
A 2013 graduate from the University of Memphis, Black earned his bachelor's degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in non-profit organizations. He served as an intern with Ken Bennett and Streets Ministries for a summer, the same location in which he held the press conference.
While Black focuses on his involvement with the community, he still have unfinished business with the Lakers. The Lakers still have a decision to make regarding Black's contract, who has the team option that would pay him just over $6.6 million next season.
On the court, he averages 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in just 16.3 minutes of playing time. With the positive influence he could possibly have on the young team, one could imagine that the Lakers will lean towards keeping him on the roster.