BR native gives back

Tyrus Thomas, a Baton Rouge native and former NBA star, partnered with Tara Wicker, councilwoman, Patricia Smith, state representative and Abishur Incorporated in effort to prepare students for a fresh start to a new school year through the 6th Annual Back-to-School Giveaway Extravaganza.

The program welcomed students and parents of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas to benefit from a number of services and resources on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center. Participants lined the building to receive several incentives including haircuts, vision screenings and inspirational messages.

Community members lined the River Center to benefit from the resources offered at the extravaganza.

Community members lined the River Center to benefit from the resources offered at the extravaganza.

A client of Solid Ground Innovations, the Tyrus Thomas Foundation was established in 2009 by Thomas with emphasis on community development, youth outreach and organizational support.

Within the three areas of focus, Thomas developed signature programs and events including CATCH (Caring and Actively Teaching Children Hope), which targets students in the Southern Baton Rouge area. Through his foundation, he supports the community in which he grew up through extensive efforts ranging from financial contributions to non-profit organizations to school supply drives. Among the services and resources offered through the foundation are tutoring, mentoring, health workshops, ACT and SAT preparation, university visits and career guidance.

Sevetri Wilson, Hammond native, founder of SGI and CEO of the Tyrus Thomas Foundation, developed the company in 2009 with a vision to create strong community awareness, signature programs and initiatives.

“Solid Ground Innovations was really created from an idea that for anything to be stable, for anything to be concrete, that it needs to be started on a solid ground,” said Wilson. “I wanted my company to be focused on three key areas: sports philanthropy, corporate responsibility and community organizing. I really wanted to be able to reach professional athletes doing charitable things across the country and here in Louisiana.”

With more than six years of service to the community, SGI and the Tyrus Thomas Foundation continues to nurture the community and youth through their high school and college career and beyond.

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Tyrus Thomas poses with Sevetri Wilson and partners after a successful day of giving back to students and parents of the Baton Rouge Area

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