Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, the first Chinese-American basketball player to play in NBA, visited an orphanage in Tianjin, China, as part of his annual charity work in Asia. His ambition to make an impact on and off the court, driven by his love for basketball and for the gospel, has inspired countless lives.
Lin, 25, departed to China on August 21st after his one-week stay in Taiwan, when he opened up to 20,000 people during an evangelistic conference about his recent struggles trying to live up to “Linsanity” hype. On Aug. 24, he was welcomed warmly by the volunteer and children at the Prince of Peace Children’s Home and Children Rehabilitation Center, and he engaged in interactive activities with the children, including playing toys, making noodles, teaching kids to shoot basketball.
Lin said that his visit to Tianjin orphanage is significant in that he was able to show compassion to these children, which isn’t about basketball. He promised to continue to increase the level of his charity services by learning the details for improvements, so he can bring greater influence and create a bigger platform.
Tianjin Prince of Peace Children’s Home and Children Rehabilitation Center was founded by Prince of Peace Inc. CEO Kenneth Yeung in July 2004. It is the first official foreign-run orphanage in China, funded by Prince of Peace Foundation and managed by World Vision International.
The Children’s Home is now home to over 110 orphans, aged from six months old to 12 year olds. The majority of these children were born with some sort of disability, including spinal paralyses, glaucoma, celebral palsy, epilepsy.
Yeung, who is a Christian, considers his wealth not of his own but given to him by God to manage as a steward. He has strived to live by the principle of blessing others for the sake of the gospel. His philanthropy has been recognized by both the Chinese and U.S. government.
Meanwhile, former French Open champion tennis player Michael Chang has also visited the Children’s Home and was deeply touched.
For more information about the orphanage, visit: http://popchildrenshome.org/