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News » Former Warrior focusing on good works, good wines

Former Warrior focusing on good works, good wines

Former Warrior focusing on good works, good winesAdonal Foyle's Basketball career might be winding down, but his activism is steaming ahead.

The former Golden State Warrior runs two nonprofits - Democracy Matters and the Kerosene Lamp Foundation - and recently returned from a goodwill trip to his native Caribbean. He also just finished hosting his annual Athletics and Academics camp in San Ramon.

We caught up at his home in Orinda.

Q: How was the Caribbean tour?

A: We were able to reach 1,500 kids over two weeks, and it was absolutely amazing. I mean, these kids come out barefoot, they have absolutely no shoes, no nothing, and they just go through this whole day of training and learning.

Q: What's a typical day like?

A: We teach them about AIDS, staying in school and literacy. We give them books, shoes, a hot meal, a backpack with books and notebooks, basketballs. We give them an avenue to talk about things and also feel good about themselves.

Q: Speaking of feeling good, I hear you're closing in on your master's degree?

A: I'm almost there! I finished all my class work in sports psychology at JFK University, and I'm actually writing my thesis now.

Q: What's the subject?

A: I'm looking at retirement experiences of NBA players. There hasn't been a lot of work done in that area, and it's been fascinating, because, obviously, I'm going to be going through that at some point.

Q: What's the best book you've read this year?

A: "A Thousand Splendid Suns," by Khaled Hosseini.

Q: What's on your TiVo list?

A: "True Blood," "So You Think You Can Dance," "The Closer" and "Raising the Bar."

Q: Any vices?

A: A little too much travel, it gets expensive. Wine, it's an addiction. I also love artwork, and I can get a little obsessed with that.

Q: So how many bottles of wine are in your cellar?

A: I think about 900.

Q: Favorite bottles?

A: I love Opus One. But also anything from Cakebread or Duckhorn.

Q: What's next on your travel list?

A: I really want to go to South Africa and meet Nelson Mandela.

Q: What would we never catch you without?

A: A work of literature or just a plain book to write something down. I love to write bad poetry!

Q: Favorite quote?

A: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and "The unexamined life is not worth living," by Socrates.

For more information on Adonal Foyle's nonprofit groups, go to kerosenelampfoundation.org and athletesandacademics.org.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 10, 2009


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