Lakers' McKie starts foundation for kids in Philly

Updated: August 25, 2006, 8:16 AM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Aaron McKie has formed a foundation to help the development of Philadelphia-area children.

The AM8 Foundation will hold community activities and family oriented events and outings that will expose children to positive role models, encourage teamwork, reinforce the importance of education and teach respect for others.

"I am Philadelphia through and through," said McKie, a former Temple standout. "That's why this foundation is so important to me. I wanted to find the right way to give back to the city that has been so good to me, and I think that being actively involved in improving opportunities for children and families is the best way to go about it."

McKie, who spent 7½ seasons with the 76ers, started the activities this summer with a six-week basketball camp for 65 children ages 12 and under.

McKie hopes to give back to his neighborhood with yearly basketball activities and a long-term renovation project.

The AM8 Foundation also will sponsor programming for local children that promotes healthy lifestyle choices, stresses the importance of education with book donations and assemblies at local elementary schools, and provides assistance for families during the holidays.

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