The present is in Montgomery County; he returned from his home in Houston to participate in the 122nd annual Independence Day Celebration in Takoma Park. Continuing an annual tradition, he also played host to a Fourth of July community barbecue. Then he was off to College Park to host a charity basketball camp.
Through the Steve Francis Foundation, he has made charity a part of his daily life. He said he has a lot of pride in the Brenda Wilson Scholarship Program, which was named after his mother and created in 2004. [...] Francis’ agent, Carrie Potter, said the foundation has doled out $350,000 to 35 students since the program’s inception. [...]
Among its many other endeavors are the Holiday Extravaganza, a Christmas party for youth in Houston; Christmas in February, the donation of more than 5,000 non-perishable items to 700 needy families at a Houston Food Bank Food Fair; Turkey & Trimmings, a distribution of Thanksgiving meals each year since 2005; and funding the D.C. Warriors, an Amateur Athletic Union club basketball team located in Takoma Park.
Francis launched a new music label, Maserati Music, last summer that features local musicians. He made his debut with a Washington, D.C. listening party.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Steve Francis's New Life
The Montgomery County Gazette recently featured a story about Steve Francis (1998-99) and his new, post-playing life. The story reflects on Francis's playing history, from bouncing around between high schools in Silver Spring, to the University of Maryland, to the NBA, and finally to last winter's short stint in China's pro league. Today, Francis is focusing on his charitable foundation, his new music label, and just being a dad: