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In the News: Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh made the news in Junior Scholastic, September 5, 2005.

Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors puts a shot up against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Florida, in March 2005.
(Photo: Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images )
At 6'10", Chris Bosh stands tall on the basketball court. But the Toronto Raptors forward also has a big heart. In June, his good deeds were rewarded when he received the NBA Community Assist Award.

"Community service is very important to me, and these programs help build bridges between people and create a strong sense of accomplishment and self-respect for the young people involved," said Bosh.

Though just 21 years old, Bosh has created his own charitable organization. The Chris Bosh Foundation champions the importance of education and physical fitness among American youth. It not only provides SAT preparation, and math, reading, and writing clinics, it also sponsors athletic camps and nutrition classes.

The 235-pound hoops star throws his weight around on the court as well. Last season, he averaged 16.8 points and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game. Bosh, who was selected by the Raptors as the fourth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, set a franchise rookie record by posting 557 rebounds.

While he cut his college career at Georgia Tech short to enter the NBA, Bosh led his high school to the Texas state championship and a perfect 40-0 season during his senior year. Bosh was not only an athletic standout. He was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with honors.

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