Penny Hardaway: A NBA Retirement Success Story

Too often we hear the negative stories of NBA players going broke, but there isn’t the fanfare when NBA players do good things.  It’s the nature of society to celebrate another’s misfortune, but I believe the racial composition of the NBA has something to do with that as well.  There are many former NBA players who have not only prepared for post life basketball, but they have also excelled.  Penny Hardaway is one of these success stories that you don’t hear about.

Penny went back to inner city and gave back to his Memphis community where he is from.  He didn’t just give money, he gave his time.  Hardaway actually coached an inner city elementary school team.  He is like the Jim Brown of Memphis, speaking to gang members, so the children have a chance to succeed in life.  He is also a savvy businessman.  He is still under contract with Nike, and his foamposites are one of Nike’s top-selling shoes.  He has a high-profile salon and barber shop in Memphis, a celebrity fitness salon in Miami, a shooting skills website, and he is executive producer of Bottom Line Sports Show. He is also working with the state to secure funding for a 100,000 square foot facility in Memphis for the children to help them reach their dreams, and he emphasizes that it’s not only about sports.  Hardaway preaches education to kids, and he  fulfilled a promise to his grandmother and got his college degree in 2003, so it’s not just lip service.  A story like this needs to be told, but its a shame that so many don’t want to tell it.


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