After placing second in Epic Games’ Fortnite Pro Am alongside pro gamer CourageJD, Brooklyn Nets forward Kenneth Faried used his $250,000 prize money for charity to launch his foundation, Kenneth Faried HAT. HAT, an acronym for Humble, Appreciative and Thankful, is a foundation dedicated to teach kids how to attain and maintain a positive mindset during both trial and success through the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and respect. Faried believes that staying humble, appreciative and thankful through life’s obstacles, despite one’s achievements, is the key to leadership. He hopes that his foundation will help kids become good leaders through sport.
Faried has always been interested in technology and actually wanted to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS). According to Faried, college basketball was harder than professional basketball, and his demanding schedule made it difficult for him to keep up with the coding. He got into gaming because of his parents, who were both gamers. His father and mother both have their own TVs beside their beds, each with an Xbox One. Whenever a new system drops, all three of them will get it to play their respective games. For Faried, all the times his parents told him to “play your game and get out of my room” paid off with Fortnite.
Faried is one of many pro athletes who have invested their time, money and talents into esports, a rapidly growing industry of competitive video gaming. He used his passion for technology to create a foundation that empowers the youth to be future leaders in the community. Faried found a way to use his on- and off-court talents to better the world by investing in its future—today’s children.
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