As a young boy growing up in the Tony Sudekum public housing “projects” of South Nashville, Charles Davis longed for a positive alternative to the negative influences that were ever-present in his community. He desperately wanted to escape the grips of poverty, drugs, crime, violence and welfare dependency that has engulfed the inner city generation after generation.
However, many of the role models of success to which he had been exposed were those who had attained their wealth by either becoming drug pushers, thieves or hustlers; therefore, he felt those “occupations” represented the only possibility of financial security for him as well. Luckily, one infamous night, as Charles was being persuaded by a would-be “mentor” to break in an area warehouse, something deep inside told him there had to be a better way. From that point on, Charles decided he was never again going to let “where he was from” determine “where he was going”. He took control of his destiny and assessed his options for a plan of action that would free him from the downward spiral of poverty. Based on his strengths, he set the goal of becoming a professional basketball player. More importantly, Charles made a vow to God that once he achieved his dream, he would always come back to Nashville’s inner-city to empower others to reach their full potential as well.
For over a decade now, The Charles Davis Foundation has provided programs that enhance the quality of life for thousands of residents of Nashville’s most impoverished areas. These programs include sports camps and leagues, mentoring, job placement and training, tutoring, computer training, drug prevention, character development, HIV/AIDS awareness, survival skills, scholarship, financial aid, guest lectures, cultural exposure and economic development. With the help and support from many concerned individuals, corporations and public agencies, Charles Davis and The Foundation are winning many battles in the war to save our
youth by Giving positive, educational, athletic, cultural & economic empowerment Back To Our Future.”
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