The East Baton Rouge Parish school system has joined forces with Angel Reese's newly formed charitable foundation to provide educational opportunities for students in the local community. Through this partnership, Reese and her foundation will organize events and seminars aimed at promoting financial literacy, college readiness, and vocational training. Additionally, the foundation will support over 200 teachers in the district by providing much-needed classroom supplies.
At a news conference held on Monday, representatives from the foundation unveiled their plans. They highlighted Reese's commitment to empowering underserved communities, particularly young women in under-resourced neighborhoods. Reese believes in fostering leadership skills and equipping individuals with the necessary tools to thrive in life.
One of the upcoming events hosted by Reese is the "Back to School Giveback Block Party" scheduled to take place at McKinley Elementary School on September 24. During the event, Reese will generously donate school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, pens, and pencils to the district. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to engage with local organizations and community leaders, fostering connections and expanding their horizons.
Superintendent Sito Narcisse expressed his gratitude for Reese's involvement, emphasizing the positive impact she can make on the school system and children's lives. He believes that Reese's success serves as inspiration for future generations, encouraging them to become leaders and contribute to the community.
Reese's dedication to philanthropy is not limited to Baton Rouge. In August, she launched her foundation with a similar back-to-school party in her hometown of Baltimore. During the event, she announced a generous $12,000 donation to her alma mater, St. Frances Academy, a predominantly Black Catholic high school. This donation will help cover the tuition costs of a girls basketball player at the school.
Reese's philanthropic efforts gained attention in July when she discussed her initiatives at the Variety and Sportico Sports and Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles. Her mission is to make a lasting impact on the communities that have embraced her, and Baton Rouge holds a special place in her heart as she proudly represents the LSU Tigers.
Angel Reese, with a name, image, and likeness valuation of $1.7 million according to On3 rankings, ranks among the top female college athletes in terms of value. Her reputation soared after LSU's women's basketball team secured the national championship in April.
As Angel Reese continues to make her mark in the sports world, her commitment to empowering others is evident. Through her partnerships and philanthropic endeavors, she is shaping a brighter future for students in Baton Rouge and beyond.