On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales accompanied by former NBA player, Mr. Dikembe Mutombo, and NBA All-star, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and current New York Knicks power forward, Mr. Carmelo Anthony, attended the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core graduation ceremony held at St. James’s Palace in London.
According to Clarence House, the Coach Core program:
“…boosts the career prospects and life skills of disadvantaged young people by training them to become professional sports coaches and mentors.
[During today’s graduation ceremony] 33 young people have completed the year-long Coach Core course and many said their practical coaching experience had helped them find work or allowed them to pursue more formal qualifications at college or university.
The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry created the program in 2012 which is run in partnership with the organization Glasgow Life in Scotland and with Greenhouse Charity in London, in response to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s shared aim to inspire young people through sport.
The NBA is also working to support Coach Core in developing young, motivated and talented new basketball coaches through coaching experience and logistical support, meaning that The Royal Foundation now has three programs running in London, Glasgow and New York.”