It might’ve been in the eyes of a Los Angeles youngster as the former Laker narrated a children’s book during a Read to Achieve session. Maybe it came from signing the autograph of a fatherless boy after a Dallas Mavericks game. Perhaps it was at a recent community center visit in his hometown of Minneapolis, where kids gawked at images of George playing alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
Or maybe it sprouted much earlier, when George emerged from one of this town’s roughest neighborhoods to graduate from Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, play basketball at Augsburg College and hear his named called in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft.
In any case, his North Minneapolis upbringing and the lives he touched during his 11-year professional career are the impetus behind George’s latest venture.