Muggsy Bogues encourages youth to "always believe"
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Former Charlotte Hornet Muggsy Bogues paid a visit to WBTV studio's on Monday afternoon. Muggsy has always been determined to motivate the youth to believe that they can overcome the odds, by using his own story as an example. As many know, he's widely known for his success as a 5'3" NBA Athlete.
Muggsy's foundation, Always Believe Inc., took a timeout for several years after his mother passed away. But today Bogues was more than thrilled to say it's back, and better than ever. "I am tired of all this bullying going on, where our young kids are not able to reach there full potential, believe in themselves, or have a dream that someday could be reached."
Always-Believe.org has been re-launched, and the goal is to raise awareness and funds, so that the youth have a safe environment to learn, grow and play.
"We need a place for the youth to go, people for them to talk to, and someone to encourage them. I remember as a kid being small, being picked on. If I would have allowed that to get to me, I wouldn't be here talking about this today."
Mayor Anthony Foxx has tabbed August 17, as "Always Believe Day" here in Charlotte. There will be a number of family events that day, including an essay contest, t-shirt logo contest, and scholarship winners. An evening gala is planned as well, with entertainment and auction. Celebrities will be in attendance for the day as well.
Muggsy also gave his thoughts on the possibility of the Hornets name returning to Charlotte. When asked, he said that he would like to see the Hornets name back in Charlotte.
"It means a lot around here, not just in the city of Charlotte, but the region. The name puts a staple on what our city and what our state is all about and what it means. People gravitate to the Hornets, to the Beez buzzing around. It's about the culture "
Muggsy's full interview can be viewed this Saturday on Sports Saturday Night, with Leah Rubertino at 11 p.m., and Tuesday during the 4 p.m. newscast.
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