The Players Tribune's first step: a video series ft. Jerry Stackhouse

Caleb Swanigan, NBA Player (Dec. 5, 2017)

In this episode, Stackhouse speaks with Portland Trail Blazers Forward Caleb Swanigan who, after a personal battle with childhood obesity, works closely with FoodCorps, a national organization that works to connect kids to healthy food in school.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/first-step-caleb-swanigan-child-obesity/


Brandon Ingram, NBA Player (Nov. 28, 2017)

In this episode, Stackhouse returns to Kinston, North Carolina with Los Angeles Lakers Forward Brandon Ingram to discuss the importance of growing up with a mentor. Introduced through family members, Stackhouse and Ingram forged a strong mentor-mentee relationship anchored around basketball, allowing Ingram to make it to the next level. Ingram explains how mentors can serve as a guardian away from home for children and how Stackhouse empowered him to make good decisions for his future. The gym was there for Ingram growing up, so he gives back to ensure it will continue to be there when the next generation needs it the most.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/first-step-brandon-ingram-mentoring/


Maya Moore, WNBA Player (Nov. 21, 2017)

In this episode, Stackhouse speaks with Minnesota Lynx Forward Maya Moore on her work to push for prosecutorial reform in the American justice system. Moore discusses her personal connection with individuals who have been wrongly convicted, the need to fight for and spread awareness about the most vulnerable people in the criminal justice system, and the consequences that follow their sentence for the larger community.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/first-step-maya-moore-prosecutorial-reform/


BRANDON MARSHALL, NFL PLAYER (NOV. 11, 2017)

In this episode, Stackhouse speaks with New York Giants Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall on his plans to use his platform to overcome cultural stigmas around mental health. Marshall discusses how his own mental illness diagnosis inspired him to create Project 375, an organization he runs with his wife to provide support for those suffering from mental illness to get the help they need.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/first-step-brandon-marshall-project-375/


Becky Hammond, Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs (NOV. 7, 2018)

In this episode, Stackhouse speaks with Becky Hammon, former WNBA All-Star and the NBA’s first full-time female assistant coach, about her mission to break gender barriers. Stackhouse and Hammon visit Girls Inc., an organization that works to inspire the next generation of strong, smart, bold women, and work together to help young basketball players reach their full potential.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/first-step-becky-hammon-gender-equality/


CHARLES (PEANUT) TILLMAN, RETIRED NFL PLAYER (NOV. 2, 2018)

In this episode, Stackhouse speaks with retired Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman, who, after a firsthand experience with critical illness in his family, takes a first step to help critically and chronically ill children with his foundation, the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/first-step-charles-tillman-cornerstone-foundation/