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Keifer Sykes saw his NBA dream finally come true this season and now he wants to continue to help future generations.

Sykes, along with Bigger Than Sneakers, is hosting a free youth basketball mentoring clinic Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to noon ET. It will be held at the Irsay YMCA in downtown Indianapolis, just a few blocks south of the Pacers' practice facility.

This special event is for middle school kids, in grades six through 10, of all skill levels to work on basketball. But more than that, they'll work on life skills — such as responsibility, accountability and leadership — to impact in effort to assist our future leaders.

The event is already sold out.

Sykes, who was a teenage parent, is the founder of the Free 10 Foundation, which targets kids that have been impacted by gun violence, mass incarceration and more. Bigger Than Sneakers first launched in Cincinnati.

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Sykes appeared in 32 games with the Pacers this season and made 11 starts. He averaged 5.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Sykes was waived on April 7 — he's an unrestricted free agent — and then the Pacers converted contracts of rookies Duane Washington Jr. and Terry Taylor from two-way contracts to standard NBA deals.


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