WASHINGTON–Taiwanese-American NBA star Jeremy Lin launched a charitable foundation under his name Thursday to help underprivileged children, with some of the funds sponsored by Taiwanese businesses.
Taiwan’s China Airlines, smartphone vendor HTC, and Kenda Tires are among the businesses worldwide that have chipped in for the cause.
The charity, named The Jeremy Lin Foundation, has selected three organizations in Houston to work with to help disadvantaged teenagers and children.
Lin, 24, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, who was raised in California, said at the launch party that “I feel like this was always something that I wanted to do.”
The Houston Rockets point guard, who caused a global sensation during his magical run with the New York Knicks last season, added that “I didn’t know I could do it at this level and be able to have a foundation and do an event like this.”
“I’ve learned to understand what it means to have a platform and how to use that the right way. I’m still learning what that means every day. I feel like this is a step forward in being able to use the attention that we are given from society to be able to bring it upon other people in need,” he was quoted as saying in an AP report.
“Somewhere, years down the road, I definitely want to make an impact within third-world countries and for our foundation to be able to do work in a lot of different areas across the world,” he said.
“This is definitely the first step,” he said.
NBA players including Steve Novak, Chandler Parsons, David Lee, Tyson Chandler and Stephen Curry and retired Rockets center Yao Ming attended the event to show their support for the cause.
Also in attendance was Liao Tung-chou, Taiwan’s representative to Houston, as well as leaders of various Taiwanese expatriate groups.