Today’s article was submitted by guest writer, Courtney McKernan. Courtney is a member of Eyefinity’s Eyeconic team.
Hundreds of first through fifth graders? Check.
Charitable eye exams and glasses provided to kids in need? Check.
NBA star Tyreke Evans?! Check plus!!
On Thursday, June 14th, some Eyefinity employees volunteered their time at a basketball camp hosted by Sacramento Kings player Tyreke Evans and VSP Vision Care at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center in Sacramento.
For the second year in a row, local underprivileged youth had the chance to go through a day of basketball drills, learn lessons on sportsmanship and being team players, and ask their favorite local NBA stars some questions.
In addition, some local VSP optometrists, Tiffany Lu, OD, and Paul Kim, OD, generously volunteered their time to provide free eye exams and glasses onboard a VSP mobile eye clinic during the camp. It was a great way to spread the important message that you have to see your best in order to play your best—whether that’s playing on the court or stepping up your academic game in the classroom.
My favorite moment of the day was during the Q&A session, when a young boy, no more than nine years old, asked Tyreke, “Do you live in a mansion?” To which Tyreke chuckled and replied, “I wouldn’t say it’s a mansion, but it’s a nice house.” Tyreke was very polite, down-to-earth, and had an almost shy demeanor, which was a breath of fresh air to witness as it was obvious that the kids looked up to him.
We participated in this event because doing so supports three of our values—We care, we support our community and environment, and we have fun. All in all, this was a very memorable day and I feel fortunate to work for a great company that practices what it preaches.