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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Chef Maxcel Hardy is many things: a celebrity chef, the founder of anti-hunger campaign “One Chef Can 86 Hunger,” and a former NBA player. But he also teaches a culinary program at Opportunity Charter School, a school in Harlem that gives children a shot at specialized vocations.
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The Detroit native said he found Opportunity Charter School through a chance meeting with an instructor from the school who had asked if he had any way to get his client Amare Stoudemire to visit the school.
Hardy called the meeting a godsend. “When I walked in I instantly heard the basketballs bouncing in the gym. So I walked into their gym and – being a former basketball player and wanting to go to the NBA – I saw some kids that needed some help,” Hardy said.
Basketball was Hardy’s introduction to the school but his passion for helping the students didn’t end there. Soon after, he had begun working on the culinary program there.