Ian Clark, a 2013 Belmont alum and NBA basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans, has started a campaign to raise funds to engage, inspire and empower youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis (BGCM). Clark has partnered with Pledge It, an online platform for athletes to raise money for their team or charity based on their performance, to raise his goal of $20,000 for BGCM.
Clark writes on the website, “Growing up, Boys & Girls Clubs of America was always a place where my friends and family felt enriched, protected and encouraged. They gave many of us the foundation to learn positive leadership skills and the importance of teamwork, all in a safe environment. The programming provided by BGCA in many communities, especially those historically underserved, resonates across the nation and deserves our continued support. My strong belief is that the influence of this incredible organization can propel young people to great heights and ensure they reach their full potential.”
For every point he scores throughout the rest of the year, Clark is pledging $50 to the organization. Fans and friends can also pledge a certain dollar amount for every point Clark scores or submit a flat donation if they choose. As a special incentive, Clark shares that anyone whose pledge or donation reaches $25 or more will be entered in a drawing to win a watch from Clark’s custom collection with Modify Watches. Click here to learn more.
Clark is in his sixth NBA season, second with the Pelicans. Last season, the 6-3 guard recorded career-highs in scoring (7.4 ppg), assists 1.5 (apg) and minutes played (19.7 mpg). Clark earned an NBA Championship ring as part of the 2017 Golden State Warriors.