Former NBA player and Kentucky Wildcat, Derek Anderson, is busy nowadays holding a basketball academy for kids.

Anderson has set up Stamina Academy in hopes of teaching the younger generation simple life skills, while helping enforce character.

Anderson donates a portion of the camp registrations, while the other parents pay the rest, and doing so makes it worth their money to give the kids something that will last past a day of shooting drills.

Some of the things he teaches as a part of his objective, and that he also makes them put into practice includes showing random strangers acts of kindness, teaching the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, and also showing respect to parents and other adults.

That also includes doing chores, and handling situations at home in the best manner possible.

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Anderson says he feels it is important for the kids to learn how to be good at life, instead of constantly chasing money or being famous, as he told Josh Benjamin of Forbes..

What I think we need to do is more soul searching about who we are as people. I think if you focus on being kind and polite, no matter how much money you have or what your job is, you’ll transfer a lot of that into life skills and everyone in the world will be happy.

When you walk into a restaurant, you don’t know how much money people have, but you do know how people treat you. I think that’s the best thing that our academy is going to teach this young generation. Treat people with kindness and treat each other with respect, and you’ll eventually turn your life around no matter what you’re doing.

You can watch a short excerpt interview with Anderson below.

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