- We have all seen the photos of Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse carrying a guitar off the team’s plane.
- He makes the plays and, it appears, also the beats.
Nurse enjoys playing the ivories and is currently learning an obscure rendition of Prince’s iconic song “Purple Rain.” The Iowa native enjoys music almost as much as basketball.
Nurse has worked tirelessly in recent years to establish and sustain music programs and opportunities for children in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area.
“It started simply because we had so much success with the championship run, and I was given this incredible platform to get out and do some good in the community.” The nurse stated that the Nick Nurse Foundation would be launched in March 2020.
The foundation officially launched on March 11, 2020, to implement basketball, literary, and music programs for children throughout the city.
It just so ensued to fall on the night the NBA suspended their season, and the majority of North America went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That night, I’ll never forget,” Nurse told News. “We went straight to the hospital after the first evening of music to get tested from our event.”
Trying to run a foundation amid a pandemic while coaching Canada’s only NBA team is not a simple task. Still, it is the Nurse’s passion to ensure that all the children, regardless of background, have the opportunity to play, whether on the court or the guitar.
The foundation has taken several steps to make the community more accessible and inclusive, from donating $20,000 in music equipment to a Hamilton music program to providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need.
“We want to make perfect that we can help people who can’t afford instruments or lessons or who don’t know where to get them.” I believe that music should be an essential part of everyone’s life.”
“Five years from now, I want some of these kids who we’ve given musical instruments to come back, and I want to take them out to the Budweiser Stage and let them play in front of a sold-out crowd.”
Source: Toronto. city