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Schenectady native Rashaun Freeman gives back

Schenectady, NY - 2001 Schenectady High School graduate Rashaun Freeman is fresh off winning a league championship in Uruguay. But the 6'9" power forward is more focused this summer on trying to make things better in his hometown.

The 31-year-old has spent countless hours and money throughout his professional career, giving back to his community by sponsoring youth scholarships, volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club, and by mentoring. Freeman brings a worldwide prospective back to his old neighborhood.

"I've grown so much as an individual, and experienced so much, I kind of can't relate to the people that I grew up with because they only see the world from one perspective,
Freeman told CBS6 in a thoughtful and impassioned interview on Monday.

His world view comes from having played professional basketball both in Europe and South America.

"I see things in a totally different perspective, as far as experiencing different things." Freeman added. "It's kind of difficult when I come home and see that people are one-minded and stuck on one thing, when I've experience a lot, and seen and met a bunch of different groups of people. It's kind of difficult. But it's a blessing as well."

After leading Schenectady to the 2001 NYSPHSAA Championship, Freeman spent five years at UMass getting his degree while also making 1st-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference three times. From there he has circled the globe countless times, while always keeping a close watch on those back home in the Electric City.

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