NBA shooting coach upgrades the court where he learned the game; leads turkey drive and equipment giveaway in partnership with Events DC, District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, and Red Bull
Chris Matthews, aka @LethalShooter, kicked off the holiday season by giving back to the community where he grew up in Washington, DC. It was in the South Woodridge neighborhood where he grew up and first learned the game of basketball, starting his journey that led to millions of social media followers, and a career as a trusted shooting coach to some of the best pros in the world.
In partnership with Events DC - the official sports and convention authority for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, and Red Bull - Chris helped upgrade the hoops at Langdon Park Rec Center where he honed his shooting skills at a young age, as well as at Walter Pierce Park. Six new backboards and rims were installed in total, which will ensure kids can enjoy quality runs at the parks for years to come.
Not only did Chris upgrade the hoops on his hometown courts, he also led a turkey drive for the community, donating and distributing 125 turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving.
After unveiling the hoops and finishing the turkey drive, Chris capped the day by running a basketball clinic for local kids and gifting all attendees basketballs, shirts, and backpacks. He’s thrilled to give back to the place and community that has given him so much.
“This year I started the Jeffrey Winslow Foundation in honor of my late father. Projects like this one will continue to be a priority of mine and my foundation’s in order to keep his memory alive. My dad was a giver and I’m so blessed to be in a position to now give in his honor. Renovating backboards on the courts that raised me is important to me because DC Parks and Recreation gave me an outlet to be successful. The Rec really kept me out of trouble and gave me a place to start building my work ethic. Now I feel like it’s my turn to come back to continue to show the youth we can make it out of DC and win, even if the odds are against us. I would never be where I am today without everyone who helped me along the way - now it’s my turn to reach back to the next generation and help them chase their dreams.”
Chris has trained some of the biggest names in the sport including Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, Candace Parker and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Before all of that success, the DC-born Matthews was a kid who could be found at Langdon Park Rec Center most of the time doing what he loved, shooting hoops.
Delano Hunter, the Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation addressed the local crowd, and was impressed by the work Chris has done to give back to his childhood Rec Center. “This is an inspiration to us all. We’re grateful for this investment by Mr. Matthews. These are some of the best hoops in DPR’s inventory, with their breakaway rims and advanced fiberglass backboards. It means so much to us to have one of our homegrown talents achieve great success in their craft, and work with DPR to pay that success forward for the next generation.”
“Walter Pierce Park and Langdon Park Community Center are anchors of the community, and we are proud to support Chris in this admirable project to upgrade basketball facilities across DC,” said Greg O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “Having spent a significant portion of my youth on basketball courts where I grew up, I know firsthand the benefits of this project and people like Chris. Every child in DC —no matter their race, gender or background— deserves safe and beautiful places to play and coaches who can serve as mentors in their lives, and we are thankful for Chris’s and DPR’s commitment to this goal.”
After graduating from National Christian Academy in Maryland, Chris has played D1 basketball collegiately at St. Bonaventure and Washington State University, and professionally overseas. Now, he’s one of the most successful and accomplished skills coaches for the best players in the world. This would not be possible without the community and courts that helped mold him as a player and a man. He views these latest charitable efforts not only as his honor, but also his responsibility, to give back to that same community in a meaningful and tangible way this holiday season.
Photos and video of Chris’ day at Langdon Park and Walter Pierce can be viewed and be made available for editorial use at the Red Bull Content Pool. To learn more about Chris and his journey with Red Bull, check out his philosophy on life here.
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