The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased Joseph Blair, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, has been nominated as one of Tucson’s 40 Under 40 honorees! According to the Arizona Daily Star’s announcement, the award “recognizes young leaders who are making an impact in the community with their professional and charitable work.”
A little about Joseph. He is an international “ambassador” of basketball who launched his global career at the University of Arizona from 1992-1996. Drafted by Seattle in 1996, “JB” opted out of playing in the NBA and pursued a career in Europe, primarily in Italy. The bilingual hoop-star assimilated into Italy’s rich culture and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Euro league. During his 13-year career, Joseph was a Harlem Globetrotter, conducting summer camps in Tucson and other U.S. cities. He also conducted his own basketball clinics in Greece and provided a basketball academy in Italy. He has run the Arizona Basketball Academy for over a dozen years, which is a pro-bono camp for young Tucsonans involved with other non-profit organizations. Joseph hosted his own radio program, and has given back to the community, serving as a master of ceremonies, judge and as Executive Director of The Blair Charity Group.
On behalf of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, congratulations to Joseph Blair and his fellow nominees. To read about his colleagues on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, click here.