Grizzly Sports & Entertainment Marketing has connected former NBA All-Star and current TNT basketball analyst Steve Smith with Carnival Cruise Line for the grand opening of the Carnival Cruise Splash Pad in Atlanta. The event will be held at Adam’s Park in Atlanta on June 1, with Smith serving as a featured community representative and speaker.
Smith was an All-American a Michigan State, an NBA All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks and later won an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2002. Smith was also a member of the gold medal winning Dream Team II during the 1994 FIBA Word Championships in Toronto. In 2000, Smith was honored by being chosen to represent his country by playing for the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Basketball team in Sydney, Australia.
On September 30, 2005, Smith returned to MSU to announce his retirement from the NBA after 14 seasons. In 2009, Steve earned the Dick Enberg award, which recognized him for his commitment to promoting the values of education and academics to student-athletes.
As part of the event in Atlanta, Carnival will be making a donation to the nsoro Educational Foundation on behalf of Smith. The mission of The nsoro Educational Foundation is to cultivate a “circle of support” that nurtures and provides guidance to children in foster care, kinship care and those who have aged-out of care by following 5 Guiding Stars:
- Advocate to improve the lives of foster children
- Create programs to foster academic success
- Provide scholarships for post-secondary education
- Establish opportunities to network with professionals
- Support activities around foster youth