"I do a lot in this town, this community, just out of the goodness of my heart, just to give back," said Anthony, who also has two Olympic gold medals. "For me, this is where it all began. It was only right for me to give back."
Anthony also has given money to Boeheim's Courts4Kids project, which has helped build or renovate basketball courts in city parks with another opening in November and plans for more in the future.
Since turning pro, Anthony returned to the Carrier Dome as a Denver Nuggets' rookie in 2003. This was his first appearance in the Carrier Dome since he was traded to New York midway through the 2010-11 season.
Anthony was in town on Sunday and toured the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, where a tape of the 2003 national championship game plays in a continuous loop all day, every day, right alongside the glass national championship trophy. He said it was a humbling experience.
"It was the first time I actually got a chance to get around and walk through the whole facility," he said. "It was kind of surreal for me to be walking around and seeing my name plastered around the building on the outside. I don't know what word to use, but it was shocking to me just to see that. I called my family, sent them pictures of it. It was just one of them moments that I'll probably never forget."
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