Raised by parents that instilled community and helping others, Bazemore established the ARMS Foundation in 2012 once he made the NBA.
The ARMS Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit to promote, motivate and inspire any young child who aspires to be part of the next generation of leaders. This is achieved through the creation of engaging programming, partnering with other organizations that share our ideals and offering financial assistance to help students achieve a lifetime of success.
Programming geared towards youth include:
- STEM Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology)
- Granted scholarships to Old Dominion University and Winston-Salem State University students so they could attend SXSW in Austin, Texas. While at SXSW, the students were able to learn more about technology companies and interview for internships and career opportunities.
- Purchased robotics boards and gardening tools for Hutchinson Elementary School for the Atlanta STEM Program in partnership with Comcast Cares.
- Granted scholarships for Bertie Elementary School students to attend Eastern North Carolina 4H Council Summer Camp. In addition to paying their registration fees, the organization purchased supplies that the students would need while at camp.
- 499 Program
- Educate student athletes about career paths in the sports industry beyond becoming a professional athlete, such as sports agent, medical trainer, sports marketing and others.
For Bazemore’s commitment to the community, the ARMS Foundation has been recognized for the following awards:
- The President’s Volunteer Service Award (2017): Recognizing United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.
- National 4-H Council Legacy Award (2017): Honoring the remarkable achievements of individuals that have made lasting contributions in support of the seven million 4-H young people around the world.
- Atlanta Phoenix Award(2017): The Mayor bestowed Kent the highest honor possible to an individual in recognition of his achievements, significant contributions and service to the City of Atlanta.
- Fulton County GeorgiaProclamation (2017): The Board of Commissioners of Fulton County honored Kent for his continued athletic excellence and his work with young people in Fulton County. They proclaimed June 28, 2017, as “KENT BAZEMORE DAY” in Fulton County, Georgia.
- City of Atlanta Proclamation(2017): The City of Atlanta honored Kent for accomplishments in basketball and humanitarian work.
Bazemore just completed his sixth NBA season. Raised in Kelford, NC, a town of approximately 260 residents, he earned a scholarship to Old Dominion University. While in college, he received the Lefty Driesell Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top defensive collegiate player. Undrafted out of college, Bazemore again beat the odds to not only make the NBA, but to become a breakout starter and emotional leader for the Atlanta Hawks.