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Rajon Rondo treats 320 students to screening of Black Panther in Louisville

PHOTO: WDRB NEWS

This weekend, former Wildcat Rajon Rondo took over 300 students in Louisville out to go see the new Black Panther movie.

Rondo, a Louisville native, did this kind gesture as part of his”Assisting Youth Foundation,” where he bought the movie ticket, popcorn, and a drink for each individual.

The price of admission for the kids? An essay on the historical events, people, or places in Black History to celebrate Black History Month.

“He congratulated us all for coming, read through some of our papers, shook all of our hands, and took pictures with all the kids,” said MJ Romaine, a Central High School student.

“I was happy to put a smile on kid’s faces,” said Rondo. “I didn’t grow up in a two-person household, and a lot of these kids don’t. I can relate to some of these kids in those ways. There are some nights you’re on your own and you don’t know who is there or who’s willing to help you.

“(Rondo) is not doing this to gain notoriety,” Rondo’s high school basketball coach, Doug Bibby, said. “He’s doing this because he cares for the community.”

Non-profit groups Nerd Louisville and Wibby’s Foundation have decided to follow in Rondo’s footsteps, and are combining to send nearly 200 students from West Louisville to a Black Panther screening in the coming weeks.

Check out the entire package from WDRB, featuring more from the former Kentucky point guard:

WDRB 41 Louisville News

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for Rajon Rondo treats 320 students to screening of Black Panther in Louisville



  1. nicky
    8:59 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Kinda surprised to see Rondo sporting his UK hat



  2. Ridge Runner
    4:35 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

    Great gesture for sure.

    Rajon is (thinking how to describe) unusual person but one I’ve always liked.



  3. 4everUKblue
    4:54 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

    Nice gesture, but why this movie? Why not one with some value of any kind?



    • natertatter
      7:44 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

      4everukblue stfu fool…….



    • macsauce13
      7:44 pm February 22, 2018 Permalink

      I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume you just don’t know, but this movie is symbolic in a lot of ways. It’s puts black super heroes and black “good guys” on the big screen for kids to see and look up to. It broke sales records proving a black led cast can sell tickets. Its significant to a lot of Americans even if it isn’t to you.



  4. King Kelly Coleman
    7:57 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

    Cool, I can’t wait for Phil Simms to come for White History Month and take some kids to the movies too!



    • Howdy Doody
      9:19 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

      I am Phils Brother in Law. He has said nothing about a “white history month” to anyone in the family, so , don’t get your hopes up.



  5. Howdy Doody
    9:17 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

    It was a wonderful gesture, WHY are some folks panties in a wad ?