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NBA Player and Dancing with the Stars Contestant Makes Charitable Donation to Centerstone

$37,500 donated toward completion of new Centerstone facility

Nashville, Tenn.—Recently, Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, donated more than $300,000 to various charities across the country. Of the donation amount, $37,500 was given to Centerstone, earmarked for completion of a new facility in Nashville, Tenn.

At a news conference at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA, Mr. World Peace presented the donation to Centerstone, along with donations to five other deserving organizations from across the country. All of the charitable gifts will help children with behavioral healthcare needs.

“We are honored and so grateful for Mr. World Peace’s generous donation to Centerstone,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “His gift will help us serve thousands of children with behavioral healthcare needs each year. It puts us one step closer toward completion of a new facility and will have a direct impact on so many Middle Tennessee families.”

Last year, Mr. World Peace raffled off his NBA championship ring with the specific intent to raise money for mental health programs and mental health initiatives. The $285,000 donated to mental health organizations last week, including Centerstone, was given through World Peace’s nonprofit organization, Xcel University. The mission of Xcel University is to encourage children and teens living in high poverty and high risk environments, to complete their education and to get good grades and encourage students to become community leaders by volunteering their time and giving back to their communities.

“It was great to meet a representative from each of the six mental health organizations who received funding from my nonprofit, Xcel University,” said World Peace. “I feel like we are all on the same team, working to help America’s youth and provide them with the tools they need to live a productive, healthy life. I’m honored to be a part of such an important movement, and applaud each of these organizations for the amazing work they are doing in their local communities.”

Metta World Peace speaks at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

Metta World Peace speaks at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, where he presented six community mental health organizations from across the country, including Centerstone, with $285,000 in charitable donations.

Metta World Peace presents Alice Hudson from Centerstone with a check for $37,500

Metta World Peace presents Alice Hudson from Centerstone with a check for $37,500 that will help build a new Centerstone facility in Nashville, Tenn.

Alice Hudson, on behalf of Centerstone, thanks Metta World Peace for his charitable donation.

Alice Hudson, on behalf of Centerstone, thanks Metta World Peace for his charitable donation.

 Metta World Peace stands with representatives, including Alice Hudson of Centerstone (second from left), from the six mental healthcare organizations receiving donations.

Metta World Peace stands with representatives, including Alice Hudson of Centerstone (second from left), from the six mental healthcare organizations receiving donations.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357.