Finding solutions to the physical and mental health problems posed by COVID-19 pandemic confinement is a tall order. Thankfully, 7-foot NBA star Pau Gasol is rising to the challenge.
Through the Gasol Foundation, the six-time NBA All Star has been working since 2013 to reduce childhood obesity rates and improve quality of life for children and families. Now, the Spanish basketball legend is hosting a four-day PL4NETS Wellbeing Summit amid the COVID-19 pandemic that features experts from around the world on the subject.
Starting Monday, July 20, and running through Thursday, July 23, the summit aims to spread good ideas, coping mechanisms and good health. It will also raise funds to support wellness programs in communities in need. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations from the international event will support projects like those spearheaded by the Gasol Foundation, which provides health-related programs and camps for underserved youth in the U.S. and Spain. With families confined in their homes and locked into computer screens, preventing obesity and promoting mental health has become critical, the Foundation said.
Gasol, whose NBA career began with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 and also included stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, and Portland Trailblazers will provide a welcome speech at the start of the summit. He will be followed by 30 amazing speakers who are atop their fields and range from psychologists, professional athletes, health scientists, bestselling authors, researchers, and sports and nutrition experts.
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