We all know and admire Shane Battier for what he does and brings on the court, but truth be told that is just the tip of the iceberg of the human being that he is.
A former Duke scholar, Battier has used his high profile and obvious intellect to help others in any way he can. His charity karaoke nights are classic, especially when you can get Pat Riley up to belt out some Bruce Springstein.
Shane Battier may be busy battling it out with the Heat in the NBA playoffs, but that doesn’t mean he’s dropping the ball when it comes to philanthropy. The Heat forward has teamed up with leading online charity auction destination Charitybuzz to raise funds for a cause close to his heart, while giving fans a chance to spend the day with him on the golf course.
Battier is helping to provide resources for the development and education of underserved youth through his charity The Battier Take Charge Foundation, and auctioning off the opportunity for 2 fans to hit the links at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, on Friday, July 20, 2012. The winner and their guest will watch Battier’s round of golf as well as his post-round press conference, and then snap photos and hang with the Blue Devil alum at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The pair will also score tickets to the tournament’s private party and concert featuring Maroon 5.
This is an issue close to his heart as he too struggled from an early age to come to grips with the world he was living in. Having a black father and a white mother, Battier failed to fit it anywhere because people had him preconceived as something he wasn’t. He wasn’t accepted by the inner city kids he played AAU basketball with because they thought he was a spoilt white kid, but also unfairly judged by the white kids from the suburbs where he lived because they thought he was a poor black kid.
His endless will to help others, particularly the youth, is surely a result of that.