NBA Star Shannon Brown will be hosting the first annual Wood-Star Music Festival, a star-studded event whose goal is simple: to give back to his community by giving kids a brighter, more positive future.
BlackDoctor.org recently sat down with Shannon to discuss the festival, how he came up with the idea, his ideas about what kids need today to be successful, and how the stars of the festival reacted when asked to help out…
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BDO: So, Shannon, what’s the purpose of the Wood-Star Music Festival? Why and how did you come up with this?
SB: Wood-Star is a way to give back to the community, to give kids more ways to be successful. It’s all about the kids. The goal is to give away scholarships and to help schools provide the tools kids need to live more successful lives. I’m working with a great group of people, and we’re hoping that, going forward, we’ll be able to make this an annual thing. A national thing. We’ll see how it goes!
BDO: The Wood-Star Music Festival seems like it’ll be such an amazing line-up for a great cause. Can you speak to how you came up with the idea in the first place?
SB: Well, it started out as a free two-week basketball camp for kids. From there, I collaborated with others to implement music, a carnival…sort of took things in a different direction. And now it’s more centrally-located to involve the whole city, so that kids can see people who are making it, people who dreamed big and reached their goals. I want kids to see all these success stories and walk away from this saying, “If I really, really, really want this, I can make it happen.”
BDO: What were the reactions of some of the stars you asked to participate?
SB: When we reached out to them, they completely understood what it was about, and why it was so important to reach out into the community and help these kids. I appreciate all of them. I respect all of them for coming out and giving a day of their time to help me. It’s been amazing. They understand that it’s takes a community effort to help make kids successful.
BDO: What are your thoughts on some of the problems kids are facing today?