D Wright Way: NBA Star Dorell Wright Teams Up With UNCF For Scholarship Program
Dorell Wright has more than basketball on his mind. He wants to help others get a great education.
The NBA Forward-Guard recently partnered with the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) through his own organization, The D Wright Way Foundation, to create the KB3 Scholarship Fund. Named for Wright’s childhood friend, the late Khelcey Barrs III, the fund will assist graduating high school seniors who face difficult challenges in attaining a higher education degree. Barrs was considered a talented young forward. His talent had been attracting interest from major college basketball schools while a high school sophomore. But he collapsed and died from cardiomegaly in 2004 after playing a series of late night basketball games.
The scholarship was officially announced just before the start of the 76ers home game on Sunday. Wright presented a check for $50,000 to UNCF to start the KB3 Scholarship Fund.
Wright joined the NBA in 2004. The D Wright Way Foundation is a public, not-for-profit organization that provides academic and leadership development programs for inner-city youth with limited financial resources.