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Slam|May - June 2020
AS THE FOUNDER OF HOOPS2O, INDIANA PACERS GUARD MALCOLM BROGDON IS HELPING BRING CLEAN, DRINKABLE WATER TO PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED IT.
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THIS STORY isn’t about Malcolm Brogdon the NBA player, though it very well could be. In his first season with the Indiana Pacers, the versatile guard is averaging career-highs in points (16.3), assists (7.1) and rebounds (4.7) per game.

This story, however, is about a different side of Malcolm Brogdon, one that’s the product of his family, upbringing, education and exposure to various walks of life. It’s the side of him that reflects his true calling.

The humanitarian side.

“I view basketball as a tool to get in touch with those that are less fortunate than I am and to have an impact on their lives,” he tells SLAM. “God gives you an opportunity to give other [people] opportunities, and that’s what basketball has done for me. It’s been amazing. I love it. But basketball is not my passion. Basketball is something I do, something I love, something I’ve grown up doing. I think it brings joy to other people to watch me and others play it. But at the end of the day, basketball brings you so much more. It allows you to see different parts of the world. It allows you a certain level of financial security. It allows you to meet people that otherwise you would never meet. And it’s really up to you with that platform and those connections to choose to do good and impact others.

“And that’s what I’ve chosen to do.”

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