Tuesday , Sep , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Lakers’ Ron Artest to speak to kids about mental health struggles

L.A.-area congresswoman Grace Napolotano is the sponsor of a federal bill (HR 2531) (HR 2531) which aims to establish a law that “provides for comprehensive school mental health programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate and age appropriate.”

Napolitano has reportedly called upon Artest to speak to children at an East L.A. school on Thursday to raise awareness about the federal legislation she’s sponsoring.  Artest will talk to the kids about his own struggle with mental issues and his willingness to not only seek treatment, but go public with that fact.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s unconventional but could work.

Sure, Ron Artest has an ‘interesting’ reputation, but the lockdown defender – provided he’s given guidelines and censors himself – could inspire these kids.

After all, Artest conquered his demons, bought into the Los Angeles Lakers’ system, won an NBA Championship, and, ‘best of all’, dropped an epic victory interview that entertained the masses.

(Nicely done Artest!)

From Tha Malice In Tha Place to role model. What an unbelievable ride for Ron-Ron.

–Oly Sandor.

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