Kevin Martin Youth Foundation

Mission Statement

The goal of the Kevin Martin Youth Foundation is to make life better for our children and communities. We desire to have a positive impact on children's lives by supporting sports and youth organizations that promote family unity, community involvement, and academic achievement. Our aim is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, for a fit body, sharp mind, and positive mental health.

The Kevin Martin Youth Foundation looks to promote self-discipline through leadership, sportsmanship and good health practices. We strive to provide constructive, positive and quality experiences for children. We will foster youth development of self-esteem, while learning the value of teamwork and a strong work ethic for children of all backgrounds.

We will look for organizations that provide means for children to play organized sports, and offer a positive environment where they can learn commitment and discipline.

By providing the tools necessary for a strong foundation, we aim to build a strong and healthy future for the youth in our community, and give them every opportunity to succeed.

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"My agent told me a quote I think he got from (Kings president of basketball ) Geoff (Petrie)," Martin said, "and that is, 'Never confuse wealth with money.' " Martin is far from confused about that reality.

Kevin Martin has supported various programs over the years that have enhanced the lives of children and enriched their learning process. He began this process knowing he could use his status as an NBA player to help people wherever there is a need. His commitment to community outreach continues to be a source of personal pleasure. Kevin finds that one of his most important jobs is not dunking a basketball on a fastbreak, but also off the court working within the community to help make it stronger.

Kevin commits himself to giving back to his community. Through his involvement in charitable events, it is Kevin's hope that he can make a difference in the community. Working with teammates, corporations, and local celebrities, he hopes to generate more individual and corporate giving to support worthwhile programs in the community. It is his desire to help fund nonprofit organizations in the areas of education and youth sports and recreation in order to positively impact his community.

Kevin believes that it takes everyone working together to improve our community.

The Kings shooting guard has shown a dedication to helping the less fortunate in his time in the NBA. His efforts were reflected in his 2007 selection as the Oscar Robertson Triple-Double award winner.

The award is voted on by the media and given to a Kings player who is a team leader, who embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and who plays an outstanding all-around game - hence the triple. The double signifies off the court leadership by showing commitment to community service and family.

Kevin has shown his dedication not only in the Sacramento community where he played for many years, but in his hometown of Zanesville and around the world.

From the smiles, handshakes of thanks, and hugs Kevin has received from the generous sharing of his time and energy, he is truly a wealthy man!