NBA star Glen "Big Baby" Davis gives back to his community
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — When you hear the name, Glen Big Baby Dorsey, many think "NBA star and champion." But to the folks here in Baton Rouge, add "literacy advocate" and "mentor" to that list. Dorsey, who struggled with reading himself at an early age, realizes the power of education. And through his foundation, he is helping kids realize that as well.
"It gives fuel to my fire because I was that kid. I was that kid looking for help, looking for guidance, needing someone to talk to. And just help me gain knowledge," said Davis.
Thursday was the first big step. The "Big Baby & Hollingsworth" Reading Center officially opened at Eden Park library. It is one of many that will open at libraries across Baton Rouge.
"It's my passion, it's things I struggled with growing up and now the opportunity to give back and give these kids the knowledge to better their futures is my mission," said Davis.
And his efforts to give back to his community, even though he's in the midst of a successful NBA career, has not gone unnoticed.
"To see somebody who never forgot their roots and now are continuisly building and helping children understand that you've got to focus and work hard and you got to go out their and push everyday to be a success, it's something very special," said Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.
And as far as his pro career, it has taken him to LA. And it is a place he hopes to play for the long run.
"It's just been a wonderful experience with me being in LA and I hope we can work something out so I can continue playing there for the rest of my life," Davis added.