Dec 01, 2016 08:14 AM EST
Girls' Education Focus of Jeremy Lin's Charity Work
Getting good education has always been a problem for many. Although it is considered a basic right, many are unable to get proper education that can help them pursue their goals and make their mark in history.
According to UNICEF, "girls continue to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion in education systems throughout their lives." In 2013, an estimated 63 million girls of school age, both primary and secondary, were out of school, greatly exceeding the number of out of school boys.
In his intention to help young girls receive proper education, Brooklyn Nets' point guard Jeremy Lin has decided to donate a portion of his wages to One Day's Wages, a non-profit organization aimed at alleviating global poverty. He announced his partnership with the organization last month.
Lin says he believes in raising awareness about the "issues many girls face in pursuing their dreams."
"Millions of girls across the globe are unable to get the education they need to provide for themselves and their families," Lin says. "This is due to unaffordable school fees, forced child marriage, lack of sanitary products when they reach puberty, and many other barriers. My hope is to shed some light on these issues, and invite you to join me in taking action."
Young girls across the globe face various hurdles that hinder their education. According to UNICEF, these include school fees, a culture that favors boys in terms of family education, inadequate sanitation facilities, and negative school environments where girls are abused and harassed. In addition, there is a lack of women teachers and school staff. Lin hopes to help young girls to get past these and get the education they need.
For the campaign, Lin promised to donate "One Game's Wages" to the non-profit's work to empower girls. He also promised to donate $100 with every 3-point shot he makes this NBA season.
This is not the first time Lin generously shared some of his earnings to schools. In October, the star player donated $1,000,000 to his alma mater, Harvard University, for the purpose of improving its basketball facilities and also help provide undergraduate financial aid, NothinButNets.com reported.
Currently, Lin is recovering from injury due to a strained left hamstring. The date of his return to the court remains unknown as of now, reports CBS Sports.
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