Mr. Artest was recognized for his advocacy and commitment to promoting mental health awareness and encouraging youth to seek mental health services by spreading his message of wellness and recovery.
One year after publicly thanking his psychiatrist for helping him win the Lakers‘ 2010 championship, Mr. Artest continues to vouch for the importance of mental health services. Earlier this year he partnered with the County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District and spoke to 150 Jefferson High Schools students to address the stigma associated with seeking help and offered his young listeners words of encouragement.
The Board also honored 2007 California Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry West for his dedication to the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games of which Mr. West serves as honorary chair for basketball. West, played for and coached the Lakers from 1960 to 1979.
Photos of Jerry West (click here)
In his acceptance speech, Mr. West spoke of being from a small town in West Virginia, leaving home as a young man, falling in love with Los Angeles, and
dedicating his life to serving others.
The Summer Games, modeled after the Olympic Games by William Sims and members of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce promotes positive interaction through competition in athletics, art, and scholastics. To date more than 7,000 athletes have competed and developed their athletic talent by participating in the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games.
Ron Artest and Jerry West were available before and after the board presentation for autographs, conversations, and photos with high school students and athletes from the Los Angeles Watts Summer Games.