Tarence Kinsey Foundation shapes the lives of Tampa area teenagers

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Tarence Kinsey Foundation shapes the lives of Tampa area teenagers

Professional basketball player and Tampa native Tarence Kinsey is back in the area and preparing for his foundation’s annual fundraising dinner, where money will be generated to help students learn life skills and earn college scholarships.

Tampa, Fla. – Some may know him as Tarence or TK; but to many youth in the Bay area; he is becoming known as their Hometown Hero. When we hear about professional basketball players in the news, we usually hear about how they’re shaping up on the court or what they recently did wrong off the court. It’s not often that we hear about the positive impact professional players are striving to make in their fan’s lives.

Tarence Kinsey, a 29-year-old veteran of six professional basketball seasons in the NBA and overseas is a positive example of a professional athlete that carries strong influence to children whose futures he is shaping.

A 2002 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, the Tampa native created the Tarence Kinsey Foundation in 2009. It was a longtime aspiration for the 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward who helped lead the University of South Carolina to back-to-back NIT championships. Kinsey has spent time with Memphis and Cleveland in the NBA, and his basketball career has taken him around the globe, playing professionally in Turkey, Italy, and Spain, the latter where was a member of Unicaja Málaga of the Liga ACB this season.

Over the last year, the TK Foundation (www.tarencekinseyfoundation.org) has contributed to assisting three students receive full college scholarships by supplying them with mentors, tutors and educational guidance. Kinsey’s foundation strives to equip teenagers with assistance in the classroom and life skills to help them become well-respected individuals.

Surrounded by a loving family and parental guidance throughout his childhood, Kinsey understands that there are many boys and girls who don’t have the same benefits. The idea for his foundation was sparked when he walked through a local mall with his mother one evening.

“We saw groups of teenage kids with their pants hanging down low and we noticed how they wore grimaces on their faces and showed no respect and no manners,” Kinsey recalled. “I was raised to say ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘No, ma’am.’ And show common courtesy like saying please and thank you, and opening doors.

“Essentially, you as a person are like your own business. It is important to represent yourself in respectful way and make your world a better place by how you live, how you act and how you treat others and yourself,” Kinsey added. “I know that we can’t change the world with our foundation, but what we can do is make a positive difference for as many young people as possible in our community, and that helps them and the community where they live.”

Kinsey is back in the Tampa area this summer and preparing for his foundation’s annual celebration dinner on July 13 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Tampa. The event, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., is $100 per person and all proceeds will benefit the foundation’s programs.

At this year’s dinner, the foundation’s “Circle Me” mentorship program will be showcased, and students will be recognized. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses. Guests at the fundraising event will include an array of NBA players and former professional athletes. More information is available at www.tarencekinseyfoundation.org.

Kinsey is also coordinating a summer training camp for teenagers, and the dates will be released soon.

As for the next destination in his basketball career, Kinsey is exploring his options. He loved his time spent in Turkey, Italy, and Spain. He is excited about the chance to keep playing the sport he loves, regardless of where the path leads.

“I will continue to play basketball, wherever it is,” Kinsey said. “I want to sign with an organization where I am appreciated and make a difference, take care of my family and support my foundation because, though basketball is my passion and is what pays the bills, continuing to help shape the lives of young people who are confronted with a variety of challenges is my ultimate objective.”


If you’d like more information on the Tarence Kinsey Foundation or to schedule an interview with Tarence Kinsey, please contact Carolynn Smith at (813) 767-9071 or csmith@sevenmarketingpr.com