Last week, Pope Francis personally requested a meeting with players from the NBA to learn more about their advocacy for social justice within the United States.
Yesterday morning around noon Rome time, Pope Francis met privately with a delegation of five players and several league officials sent by the NBA Player’s Association in the Apostolic Library.
Each player – Sterling Brown, Kyle Korver, Marco Belinelli, Jonathan Isaac, and Anthony Tolliver – discussed their own social initiatives with the pope, who said to them: “You’re champions.”
“The beauty of athletes is that they are great, but to be part of a team, they always remain humble and preserve their own humanity.”
The players commented on their meeting afterwards, Kyle Korver saying in a NBAPA statement:
“We are extremely honored to have had this opportunity to come to the Vatican and share our experiences with Pope Francis. His openness and eagerness to discuss these issues was inspiring and a reminder that our work has had a global impact and must continue moving forward.”
Pope Francis spoke on social justice in the United States earlier this year during a livestreamed general audience in June when he prayed for George Floyd.