The SmileForJosh Foundation is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in the honor of Joshua Christian Level. The mission of the SmileForJosh Foundation is to raise awareness of cardiac health risk in high school student-athletes through efforts to improve high school physical and educating parents and guardians of potential dangers. Also, we strive to transform the lives of inner-city youth with community events, athletics, and mentorship. To date, we have partnered with the Charlotte Hornets, Boys and Girls club and the Salvation Army of Greensboro.
Former NC State and NC A&T Basketball player Sam Hunt instructs kids on a basketball drill.
The SmileForJosh Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in the honor of Joshua Christian Level. Josh was not only a great basketball player but also an amazing son, brother, friend, and inspiration to all that knew him and even to those who didn’t. On February 19, 2013, Josh passed away after collapsing on the court during his high school basketball game. The cause was myocarditis, a viral infection that inflamed the heart muscle. This foundation has been created as an effort to keep his name alive by means of service and positive influence on the lives of youth.
The SmileForJosh Foundation partnered with the Triad Basketball Academy to sponsor a Christmas Giveaway for the youth of the inner-city of Greensboro, NC.
Over $1000 worth of Christmas gifts were brought to underprivileged youth to celebrate the most recent holidays.
NCCU Point Guard and Greensboro native Jordan Perkins connects with the kids at the Level Up camp.
Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat meets kids after his game against the Charlotte Hornets.
In order for children to expand their horizons and broaden their goal-setting, the SmileForJosh Foundation believes that introducing them to new experiences is crucial.
In partnering with some young NBA talent such as Bam Adebayo, Harry Giles, and Theo Pinson (all Josh Level Classic alums), we have been able to take some inner-city youth to several NBA gamese to check out some of their favorite basketball superstars.
As stated in our mission, mentorship is a key method we, the SmileForJosh Foundation, use to heighten the self-confidence of our inner-city youth. Each year our board members as well as current and former North Carolina high school basketball stars speak with the student-athletes of Lincoln Middle School.
Our speakers consist of collegiate and professional athletes, corporate businessmen, future lawyers, entrepreneurs, and a variety of other backgrounds, all whom were raised in a similar fashion as the children in the audience. The connections made during the outreach have a lasting effect and we plan to reach more schools in the coming years.
Temple swingman JP Moorman poses with kids after he speaks at Lincoln Middle School.
Duke swingman Joey Baker finishes against current Blue Devil teammate Wendell Moore.
The Josh Level Classic is a National Charity Showcase Event featuring some of the nation's top high school basketball players annually. North Carolina has garnered the title of the "HoopState" the past several years as the grassroots scene is loaded with talent. The Josh Level Classic brings in all of the top players from the state and beyond to compete, as well as honor someone who was once in their shoes.
The Josh Level Classic has 6 alumni currently in the NBA and more than 70 playing collegiately at the Division 1 level. This annual event brings together the community and has more than 1000 fans come to Greensboro, NC to watch each year.
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The players, coaches, and board members of the 2018 JLC pose for a post-game picure.
President/Founder: Kanayo Obi-Rapu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Reggie Perkins: email@example.com
Treasurer: Jake Honeycutt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Board Member: Trey Chapman: email@example.com
Executive Board Member: Christian Hairston
Executive Board Member: Joseph Level
Technical Director: Kane Ma: firstname.lastname@example.org