What We Do

Leadership Programs

Every year we sponsor approximately hundreds of youth to attend our leadership basketball programs.  We develop the potential of children who might otherwise be forgotten.

Abstinence Education

To abstain means to choose not to do something. We encourage the youth we serve to abstain from anything that might hinder their purpose, dreams and goals.


We are committed to helping youth succeed, and we provide mentoring services through our programs, A.C. Green’s appearances, articles, and social media.

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Learn about our president and founder, A.C. Green

...or maybe learn more about our history?

NBA “Iron Man” A.C. Green


A.C. Green established the Foundation in 1989 to help young people build self-esteem and character, and learn moral and ethical principles.


A.C. Green graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Speech Communication.


During his All Star career in the NBA, A.C. Green played in 1,192 straight games, earning the NBA “Iron Man” title.


A.C. Green was recognized in the House of Representatives’ Congressional Record of October 26, 1999, as a role model for youth across America.


A.C. Green won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers spanning three decades (in 1987, 1988, and 2000).

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Our History

A.C. Green joins the NBA


With the 23rd overall pick in the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers select A.C. Green out of Oregon State University.

First Leadership Camp


Driven by his vision to help youth, A.C. Green held the first of approximately 200 camps four years before the official launch of the A.C. Green Youth Foundation.

A.C. Green wins his first NBA Championship


The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics four games to two.

A.C. Green wins his second NBA Championship


The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Detroit Pistons four games to three.

A.C. Green Youth Foundation is launched


Its goal is to help young people build self-esteem and character, and learn moral and ethical principles which will help them make responsible decisions.

A.C. Green wins his third NBA Championship


The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Indiana Pacers four games to two.

A.C. Green retires


After 16 seasons, A.C. Green retires as the NBA “Iron Man,” having played in 1,192 straight games.  The streak began on November 19, 1986.

A.C. Green Youth Foundation celebrates 25 years


It has been 25 years since the A.C. Green Youth Foundation opened its doors.

AC's Iron Man Streak
Youth in America

In their words

Everyone needs to learn about all of the things you talked about. . . . you coming has changed my outlook totally on life.

I really found your speech the other day inspiring. It changed my whole perspective on the whole sex situation and on peer pressure. . . . you came straight out and told us the truth.

20 years from now I’m going to write you and say thank you, thank you for helping me reach my goal. So if you would like to come to my school again please do so because you were wonderful.

Who we are

We believe that young people must develop morally, ethically, educationally, physically, and mentally to fulfill their dreams and goals in life. To educate and equip youth, we offer the following programs:

  • Leadership Camps
  • Abstinence & Character Curriculum
  • Mentoring
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Join our team

The Foundation provides a system of support and education for youth who recognize that the decisions they make today will directly impact their tomorrow. But we need your help. Your support enables us to:

  • Teach basketball and leadership skills to underprivileged youth.
  • Equip young people to choose what they want most, not what they want in the moment.
  • Come alongside these young people and provide guidance and support.
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A Few of Our Sponsors

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