Master P encourages celebrities to follow his lead in giving back to Louisville during Derby

Master P spent time with young athletes and community organizations while he was in Louisville for Derby.

Each May, a long list of celebrities flock to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. They come to hit the red carpet, bet on the horses and attend extravagant parties.

This year, entertainment mogul Master P, who’s no stranger to Derby City, spent most of his visit serving the community. Now, he’s encouraging other big-name visitors to do the same.

Master P didn’t waste any time when he touched down in the 502. As soon as he stepped off the plane, he made his way to Spalding University, where he met with a group of students to discuss the importance of education.

“We want you guys to realize – while you’re out here chasing these ball dreams – at the same time, you gotta know what else you need in life,” Master P said.

Master P spent time with young athletes in Louisville during his Derby visit.

P visits Louisville regularly. One of his top priorities is speaking to young people and encouraging them to take their education seriously.

“Balling for the Cause is a program we created that’s about bossing up for kids, life after sports, teaching them how to prepare for the future.”

As a former basketball player himself, he also loves meeting up-and-coming athletes, and is even known to hit the court for a little shooting around with them.

During this visit, Master P got involved with AMPED – a program that provides free music education programs for teens.

“Music is really changing the world, P said. “Almost every kid I know wants to be in the music industry. So if we can teach them about the business and stuff like that, I think we’re going to be more successful.”

P decided to donate a jacket from his new movie, I Got The Hook-Up 2, to help AMPED raise more funding for their programs. The jacket will be auctioned online as part of AMPED’s annual fundraising campaign and Dream Maker Awards.

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“Bid a million dollars on this jacket, you’re going to get it,” Master P joked. “Nah, whatever you can give, give from the bottom of your heart.”

Master P donated his jacket to AMPED. It will be auctioned online to raise funds for their programs.

Master P continued to spread his message of community involvement at the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, where he was special guest and speaker.

“The reason I’m here is for the kids, for the next generation,” he told the crowd when he was recognized on stage.

Master P & Patricia Barnstable Brown

He hopes the time he spent in the community during his Derby trip will set an example for other celebrities, and that they will follow suit in years to come.

“I’m challenging anybody that’s out here that’s successful – don’t just come out here for the horse races. Spend some time with the people that are less fortunate, or help and give back your time or your resources.

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