Carmelo Anthony Visits With Prince Harry for UK Youth Initiative

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Prince Harry is presented with a basketball shirt and size 15 basketball shoe by NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony during a Coach-Core Graduation event at St James's Palace on January 14, 2015 in London, England. The Coach Core model, a year's apprenticeship, aspires to produce well qualified sports coaches to work in the community. The apprentices learn technical sport skills alongside an inclusive and holistic approach to coaching, with an emphasis on employability and mentoring skill. The graduation ceremony further celebrates the partnership between The Royal Foundation and the NBA which was announced during The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to the US in December 2014.  (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony Visits With Prince Harry for UK Youth Initiative

The New York Knicks' star presented awards to graduating coaches.

Published January 15, 2015

Carmelo Anthony spent his Wednesday rubbing elbows with royalty as the New York Knicks' star flew to London to visit with Prince Harry. The reception at St. James’ Palace served as a graduation to a new group of coaches involved in the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core, an initiative created by Harry, his brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, that helps at-risk youth realize their dreams to be professional sports coaches. The program is sponsored by both the Royal Foundation and the NBA.

Anthony helped present awards to the graduates and gave the prince his own NBA jersey emblazoned with the number 15 and Harry’s surname, “Wales,” on the back and a single orange training sneaker.

“It was an honor, man,” Anthony said. “You didn’t know what to expect. To see him and walking in the room together and the kids in there laughing and joking. It was a warm welcome from him to me. It was an honor. I never thought I’d meet the prince.

“It’s royalty. You can feel it,” he continued. “When you come to London, you can feel the royalty. To be right there in front of him, you get that energy and vibe. You get that royal feeling.”

Coach Core offers programs in London, Glasgow, Scotland, and New York that prepare disadvantaged youth to pursue careers as professional sports coaches and mentors. The program not only provides the skills necessary, but also helps graduates find employment after they’ve completed the course. The hope is that these apprentices can then go on to motivate and inspire other youth through sport.

To learn more about the initiative, click here.


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