Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi “Emeka” Okafor is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Emeka is also the national spokesperson for Elevate as well as the top financial donor.
“One reason our collaboration is already so successful is because, very simply, the mission of Elevate – cultivating well-rounded 7th through 12th graders and instilling life skills – matches Loyola’s mission as we strive to educate the whole student and to benefit the larger community.”
Chevron has donated funds for education programming, skilled volunteers, tickets to Hornets games, and collaborated on outreach programs throughout New Orleans.
Second Harvest provides daily hot meals to Elevate Student-Athletes.
Icon International provided travel accommodations for Elevate student athletes throughout the country, as well as raised funds for exposure camp fees, ACT Prep fees and operating costs.
Wal-Mart has provided skilled volunteers, donated funds for snacks, equipment and other goods.
Allowed Elevate to grow in capacity by contributing funds towards high quality coaches and trainers.
In its inception Adidas donated equipment, gear, and financial support to assist in the growth of Elevate – New Orleans.
Elevate was recognized in 2011 by the Saints as the Community Quarterback Award winner. By winning this award Elevate was granted a check for $10,000 to be able to continue to do amazing work in the community.
Assisted in funding of Summer Enrichment Program in 2011.
Sponsored Elevate’s Healthy Eating Initiative provided by Tulane’s Healthy Kitchen.
Provided healthy eating tactics and programming for Elevate.
Subway sponsored Elevate’s Free Sunday Basketball Clinic as well as provided food for coaches and trainers during the events.
Sponsored Elevate’s Free Sunday Basketball Clinic by providing free Powerade Drinks to participants.
Has donated his time, energy, experience and Professional photography for many of Elevate’s events.