Local Athlete Gives Back To Haverford Community And The Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA
Jameer Nelson, St. Joe’s Alum and NBA All-Star, scores big with the Haverford Area YMCA.
[HAVERFORD, PA] June 25, 2014 – On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA honored Chester native Jameer Nelson of the NBA’s Orlando Magic for his commitment and dedication to enriching the lives of our youth in the Chester and Philadelphia communities. As a tribute to the All-Star athlete, the gymnasium at the new state-of-the-art Haverford Area YMCA was dedicated to The Pete and Jameer Nelson Foundation.
The Pete and Jameer Nelson Foundation Gymnasium will benefit all YMCA members through a variety of programs for youth, families, individuals and active older adults. These include Youth Sports Leagues and recreational sports, fitness programs, and numerous community events.
“The Y is proud to honor a local athlete and a positive role model like Jameer Nelson,” said John Flynn, President and CEO, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. “Our philosophies allow us to continue our tradition of developing today’s youth in a place where kids not only acquire the skills on the court today, but instill the life skills necessary to succeed as productive adults tomorrow.”
“Throughout his professional career, Jameer has always given back to the people of Chester through his Foundation’s academic preparation and youth mentoring programs, charitable community events and sports team leadership and support”, said Steve Mountain, Nelson’s agent and Vice President of The Pete and Jameer Nelson Foundation. “Jameer has looked forward to expanding his support to include Philadelphia and neighboring communities, and is excited that this partnership with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA is the first step in that expansion.”
Nelson is a 2000 graduate of Chester High School, where he helped his team to two PIAA State Championships. At St. Joseph’s University, he started in 125 games, and in 2004, led the Hawks to an undefeated regular season and all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. He was inducted into the SJU Hall of Fame in 2011, and left the Hawks as the best player in the program’s history. Since his career start with the Orlando Magic in 2004, Jameer has established himself as a team leader and a key component of the NBA team’s success over the past ten years.
Through his foundation, Jameer Nelson and the YMCA name will forever adorn the walls of the Haverford Area YMCA under a philosophy that will continue to enrich the lives of all who play here.