Former NBA star Ray Allen has always supported the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Allen took his teammates there when he was a player, and he uses it as a teaching and connective tool for people around him.
Now, President Barack Obama has appointed Allen as a member of the U.S. Holocause Memorial Council.
The White House announced the appointment on their website on Thursday, and Allen did the same on his social media.
Tonight I received some great news. I was just appointed by President Obama to serve on the board of the Holocaust Memorial Council! What an honor it is for me to be able to be a part of this organization. I hope to be a vehicle for positive change and inclusion of ALL people!!! #wemustneverforget #yesmyrealnameiswalter
Allen has previously spoken about the impact the museum has had on his life and how he feels it can affect others.
In an interview posted to the museum’s website, Allen had this to say about his experience there:
My first visit to the Holocaust Museum, I had just gotten to the NBA. And I heard about it. I’ve always been, you know, a guy that’s gone to museums. My coach in college was very much into taking us places and teaching us things while we traveled throughout the course of the season. And so, I just picked up that. When I traveled, I always went to places, cities. I’d try to figure out what different cities had to offer. And I just remember the first time I went there, it being so profound. And it’s a lesson for everybody. That’s something that stayed true to me. And I’ve been four or five times. And every time I go, I see something different. And when I come back, I always take somebody different.
You take any person through the Museum, based on their experiences and their life, they’re going to see different things. And they’re going to talk about the things they want to talk about. But I think the most important thing is communication. That’s a powerful, powerful tool, just talking about it and trying to understand it, and learn from it, and grow.