Philadelphia Sports Scene

January 22, 2010 10:59 PM

Sixers Native Haitian Needs Your Help

Dalembert.jpgThe devastating earthquakes in Haiti have been on everyone's mind, none more so than Sixers center Samuel Dalembert.

Dalembert, the only Haitian born player in the NBA, has continued to play and practice with his struggling team while his friends, family, and countrymen have been dealing with a much greater challenge.

The 7th year centers play on the court has been questioned at times in his career, but as a humanitarian and philanthropist he has always been well respected. Dalembert has recently visited his native land, in addition to making a number of media appearances, and has donated over $100,000.

To watch Sammy, a normally energetic and jovial personality, brought to tears before Philadelphia media members in the locker room rips your heart apart and makes you ask yourself, "What can I do to help?"

Dalembert says anything can help. A dollar, a prayer, a message of hope, or passing information along to another person so that no one forgets this crisis is still occurring and that help is still needed.

Hopefully, fans around league continue to see Dalembert on the court and in the media as a reminder of what has taken place and how they can help. His toughness and strength are not only examples for his teammates and peers on the court to follow, but for each and every one of us in our daily lives.

Almost every television channel Friday night broadcasted celebrity performances as they contributed their time and talents in raising funds for the relief efforts. Host George Clooney talked about how this is one of those moments that as a human being you cannot simply stand back and watch. People are at risk of dying from easily treatable injuries simply because of a lack of funds. Each of us can make an impact.

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