Brooklyn Nets’ Alan Anderson inspires pupils to follow their dreams
"It's encouraging to see what National Grid and City Year UK are doing with schools to help inspire the next generation."
Alan Anderson, NBA Brooklyn Nets basketball player
Follow your dreams. That was the message shared by NBA basketball player Alan Anderson, when he took time out of his UK tour to meet children from Whitmore Primary School in Hackney, London.
The Brooklyn Nets player talked to pupils about his inspirational career and fielded questions from young volunteers from City Year UK, a charity that recruits 18-25 year-olds to provide support and mentoring to pupils in some of the most deprived inner-city schools across London and Birmingham.
National Grid UK has sponsored a City Year team for the past four years in Whitmore Primary, which works with pupils throughout the whole academic year. The partnership also extends across the Atlantic, with a City Year US team in each service area.
The talk was made possible due to National Grid US’s energy sponsorship of the Nets home arena, the state-of-the-art Barclays Center in New York, which opened in 2012.
Alan said: “I really enjoyed meeting the children, teachers and volunteers. It’s encouraging to see what National Grid and City Year UK are doing with schools to help inspire the next generation.”
City Year UK also support National Grid in delivering their School Power programme to schools along the route of the London Power Tunnels project with the aim of inspiring youngsters to pursue future careers in engineering and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths).