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‘Basketball to Business Summit’ set for November run with Elliot Perry

Former NBA star and University of Memphis standout Elliot Perry is stepping up to keynote the inaugural Basketball to Business Summit, which has been rescheduled for Nov. 12. Former NBA star and University of Memphis standout Elliot Perry is stepping up to keynote the inaugural Basketball to Business Summit, which has been rescheduled for Nov. 12.

 Elliot Perry
 Elliot Perry

Perry, a minority shareowner of the Memphis Grizzlies and a sports commentator, will fill the spot that had been expected to be filled by TV’s Judge Greg Mathis. A scheduling issue prompted the changes, said James Robinson of Metamorphoses, Inc., the host group.

The goal of the summit remains the same: to help young men in Memphis learn that sports aren’t their only ticket to a successful future. It had been set for Aug. 20 at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ - Family Life Center, 369 E. GE Patterson. That will be the setting for the summit now reset for Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The changes also include a reduced price, $100, that will cover lunch, workshops and more for the male attendee and a teen guest.

The Basketball to Business Summit is not crafted to deflate any child’s dreams of becoming a professional athlete, but rather serve to ensure that children understand at a young age that there are many more places than a playing field or basketball court to make a successful and respectable living.

All proceeds will benefit Metamorphoses, Incorporated, a local non-profit organization committed to helping troubled youth turn their lives around.

Register by Oct. 28 at www.bbsummit ­memphis.com. Every adult registration includes FREE admission for a teen boy.

Adults who want to be involved with the event and plan to attend alone can also be matched with a teen.

The $100 registration fee includes lunch, entertainment and access for the teen and adult to workshops and the keynote address.

Funded with grants from the Target Foundation, Tennessee Voices for Children, and the Just Care Family Network, Metamorphoses, Inc. works in conjunction with the Shelby County Juvenile Court to offer three- to six-month mentoring programs for juvenile offenders, ages 10-17. The structured programs include weekly sessions and require participants to write about their experiences as a way to help them recognize poor choices and understand the need for positive life changes.

Mentoring sessions include a wide range of focus areas, such as education, intervention, prevention, coping skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, understanding criminal lifestyles, counseling and more.

For more information, visit www.metamorphosesinc.org.

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