Ex-New York Knicks Center Samuel Dalembert’s Heart Is Still With Haiti

PHOTO CREDIT: Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images
PHOTO CREDIT: Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

The news cycle today travels a mile a minute.

Major events are analyzed and dissected from every imaginable angle, within hours.

Thousands of tweets, Facebook posts and opinions are shared.

We’re collectively outraged, saddened or scared — depending on the circumstance.

A few days later, though, our attention wanes, and we move on.

Case in point: Five years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook Haiti to its core. An estimated 300,000 were killed and 1.5 million left homeless.

At the time, there was an outpouring of international support for the island nation. Donations came in from all corners of the word.

Today, no one talks about Haiti.

But the issues facing the Caribbean country are still prevalent, and pressing.

Just ask Samuel Dalembert.

“We did the best we could after the earthquake,” Dalembert, the ex-Knicks center, said in a recent phone interview. “I still believe that there could have been more done. There’s more to do.”

And Dalembert, who lost a cousin and several close friends in the disaster, is trying to do all he can.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, Dalembert, through his eponymous foundation, donated about $650,000 and established a foundation for relief efforts in Haiti.

“You looked at the country,” Dalembert said at the time. “You felt like it was Armageddon. It was devastating.”

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SOURCE: ESPN, Ian Begley