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From a distance, Maurice Harkless continues to help New York youth | NBA

Native of New York, Maurice Harkless has kept a strong tie with Queens, the district of New York in which he grew up, where he was raised by his grandmother, originally from Puerto Rico. The Kings player has been investing in it in his own way since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a focus on young adults from foster care services.

In 2020, Moe Harkless wanted to participate in the collective effort to reduce inequalities on the fringes of the first confinement. He had already donated $25,000 to the “Last Resort Emergency Response Fund”, a “last resort” fund created in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic, and managed by the “New Yorkers For Children”, administrative department of the New York City specializing in child welfare.

Two years later, he has just made a second donation of $25,000, bringing his aid to New York youth to $50,000. “I came across the Last Resort Fund and was struck by the fact that the fund was based in New York, the city I’m from. Then the fact that it focuses on young people. It has always been one of my great passions., did he declare.

New York Mutual Aid

In New York, the foster care service serves approximately 7,000 minors. On a national scale, approximately 5% of the persons concerned therefore leave this service each year after reaching the age of majority. The action of Mo Harkless consists in helping in particular these young adults aged 18 to 26 who have just left foster care services, and who find themselves left to their own devices.

For two years, his two donations have helped at least 100 people facing difficulties related to housing, food and other financial problems. In this way, the Kings winger, although at the other end of the country, gives back a little to the city that saw him grow up, for his greatest pleasure.

“I just think that for our young people, knowing that someone from Queens, from their neighborhood, has come back to help this fund of last resort, it allows them to see that anything is possible and that their dreams are achievable provided they work. hard “, he added. “It also reminds them that people care about them. There is a community of New Yorkers that supports them. It still touches me because I was one of those kids who just needed an opportunity, a chance and someone to believe in him. So it really means a lot to me to be able to have an impact on the city in which I grew up”.

Maurice Harkless Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2012-13 ENT 76 26 46.1 27.4 57.0 1.6 2.8 4.4 0.7 1.9 1.2 0.9 0.8 8.2
2013-14 ENT 80 24 46.4 38.3 59.4 0.9 2.4 3.3 1.0 1.8 1.2 1.1 0.6 7.4
2014-15 ENT 45 15 39.9 17.9 53.7 0.8 1.5 2.4 0.6 1.5 0.7 0.6 0.2 3.5
2015-16 ORP 78 19 47.4 27.9 62.2 1.3 2.3 3.6 0.9 1.6 0.6 0.8 0.5 6.4
2016-17 ORP 77 29 50.3 35.1 62.1 1.6 2.8 4.4 1.1 2.8 1.1 1.1 0.9 10.0
2017-18 ORP 59 21 49.5 41.5 71.2 0.8 2.0 2.8 0.9 1.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 6.5
2018-19 ORP 60 24 48.7 27.5 67.1 1.3 3.2 4.5 1.2 2.7 1.1 0.8 0.9 7.7
2019-20 * All Teams 62 23 50.2 34.7 59.1 0.9 3.0 3.9 1.1 2.4 0.9 0.9 0.5 5.8
2019-20 * LAKE 50 23 51.6 37.0 57.1 0.9 3.1 4.0 1.0 2.4 1.0 0.9 0.6 5.5
2019-20 * NYK 12 24 45.5 28.0 62.5 0.7 2.7 3.3 1.7 2.3 0.8 0.6 0.3 6.8
2020-21 * All Teams 37 21 41.8 27.4 76.7 0.4 2.1 2.4 1.2 2.3 0.8 0.6 0.5 5.2
2020-21 * BAG 26 25 42.1 24.7 80.5 0.4 2.5 2.9 1.4 2.8 1.1 0.7 0.6 6.9
2020-21 * MIA 11 11 38.5 45.5 0.0 0.2 1.0 1.2 0.6 1.3 0.2 0.3 0.4 1.4
2021-22 BAG 29 18 44.1 27.1 69.2 0.2 2.1 2.3 0.5 1.6 0.4 0.6 0.6 4.0
Total 603 23 47.4 31.8 62.2 1.1 2.5 3.6 0.9 2.1 0.9 0.8 0.7 6.9
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