MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former NBA star and Miami Heat player Ray Allen is giving back to the community.READ MORE: 'Intoxiflation': Despite Higher Prices, Floridians Will Continue Buying Booze Over Holiday Season
Allen, who retired from the game last year, teamed up with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and on Thursday officially cut the ribbon on a new a state of the art computer lab at Horace Mann Middle School.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Customers?
The computer lab was paid for by Allen’s foundation “Ray of Hope.” Allen says it’s up to all of us to pitch in when we can.
“People always say ‘they’ need to a better job of this’ or ‘they need to do a better job of that’. But what I’ve realized now, especially as I’ve gotten older, is that the people who they’re speaking of is ‘them’. Each one of us, we’re all ‘they’. We all need to find an opportunity to give back to our school system whether we’re from here or not,” said Allen.MORE NEWS: Shots Fired Into Miramar Apartment, Two People Injured
Allen has donated money to help several schools across the country.