The basics: Alex Davis, 22, is one of 150 college basketball players in the country to be nominated to the 2015 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team that recognizes student-athletes commitment to charity work.
What he does: When he’s not studying or practicing, the 6-foot-9 senior starting forward for the Fresno State men’s basketball team spends his free time playing basketball and sharing his upbringing with kids at Valley Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County and throughout the community.
Why he does it: “Being a part of the level of poverty growing up and not having as many resources, knowing my background and where I come from and knowing the struggle to get where I am today, it’s very important to me to share my story with little kids because it can truly motivate and show them that what they’re going through at the time isn’t as bad as they think,” Davis says. “It always gets better. As long as there’s a will, there’s a way.”
The turning point: During his senior year at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Davis started volunteering in the community with his basketball team. His passion for charity work followed him to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and Fresno State.
Details, details: In between basketball and school, Davis shoots hoops and hangs out with kids at Valley Children’s Hospital and local Boys and Girls Clubs. Before traveling to Stockton for the Bulldogs’ Dec. 20 game against Pacific, Davis spent his morning on the basketball court at Valley Children’s shooting hoops with 18-year-old Nikkco’s Black of Oklahoma and 13-year-old Cristian Castanon of Fresno. “I feel like I can give them a confidence boost when they’re struggling with the things they’re going through,” Davis says.
What others say: “I really try to encourage my guys to be givers. We give back because we’ve been blessed to be in situations where we have opportunity,” Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry says. “Alex has stepped into that role tremendously and you can see the difference he makes. He’s doing a great job with the community here.”
How you can help: Donations can be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, Valley Children’s Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House of Charities.
— Angel Moreno