When President Obama announced the expansion of his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative Monday in our Nation’s Capital, Allan Houston was in the house.

In the President’s words, the goal of the initiative is to “help more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”

Houston and Magic Johnson were among a handful of basketball players in attendance. Having recognizable faces in the crowd really made an impact, too.

“I feel inspired,” Gerald Evans, 17, a rising senior in an area high school, told MSNBC. “I think it was a good thing having athletes come out and show their presence, letting us know that other people have our back in the future.

“A lot of us don’t really know the politicians but we know the basketball players that’s on TV,” Evans said. “To have them here showing their faces, it’s really big.”