by Micah Hart
Pau Gasol has always been one of the most socially conscious players in the NBA, so it should come as no surprise that he is spending part of his offseason in Chad as part of a UNICEF mission to service over one million malnourished children in the Sahel region of the country. From the LA Times:
Gasol has long been aware of the human condition, appreciative of the joys and sorrows that life brings. The Lakers forward has taken another step in further grasping that concept, arriving in the African nation of Chad on Thursday as part of a week-long trip in the Sahel region, where he’ll work as a UNICEF ambassador.
Gasol has been Spain’s UNICEF ambassador since 2003, so he’s been on the “using my prestige and privilege to help people out” train for a long time. He’s even willing to lower himself to singing terrible songs by The Fray, if it helps raise money for the organization:
This last March, Gasol participated in El Rey Theater’s “Play List With the A-List,” in which celebrities sang karaoke to raise funds for UNICEF. Gasol sang the Fray’s “How to Save a Life.”
If only there were a series of tubes where someone might have posted video evidence of Gasol and his pipes. (Thinking). Oh right!
Gasol won this past season’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, so it’s good to see the big man isn’t resting on his laurels.