Arts for Athletes Auction & Evening of Cocktails Fundraiser is the vision of George Lynch, 12-year veteran NBA player (Lakers, 76ers, Hornets). Currently the head coach for Clark Atlanta University men’s basketball team, Lynch first developed his passion for basketball and community engagement as a college player under legendary UNC-Chapel Hill coach, Dean Smith.
Lynch cultivated his passion to give back through his years as a Tarheel, playing in the NBA, and subsequently as assistant coach in the G-League, SMU and other teams. For over a decade via his Flight Nine Academy (nonprofit), Lynch has been on a mission to help under privileged student-athletes by raising money for scholarships and other vital needs, hosting basketball camps, clinics and more.
Through Flight Nine, Lynch is taking the helm once again by combining the love of art with the love of sports to change the game. Join him on his mission to keep HBCU student-athletes in school and thriving both academically and athletically.