Together against racism

We would like to extend our condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others who have lost their lives to police brutality and racism. We support the calls for action to end all systematic racism! We support the people in the fight against racism. We stand with you in peace, love and unity!

Artest University

The Artest University focuses on parenting and partnership working with the youth of all demographics through sports activities, education, financial literacy, and mental health awareness.


Artest University, Inc., formerly known as Xcel University was founded in September 2007 by former NBA star Metta World Peace and recently merged with his father Ron Artest Sr’s., non profit organization, The Artest Foundation in May 2019.

Combining their shared passion for giving back and making a difference in the community the Artest Family has joined forces birthing Artest University Inc., where they can strengthen their impact in the community in Queensbridge, NY where they are from and in L.A., making Artest University a East Coast/ West Coast entity.

Metta: Let's Meet the Police

Instilling our children with confidence and knowledge is crucial as they grow up and begin to face society on their own. At every point of contact, children are learning from the grown-ups around them—parents, relatives, mentors and public servants—all have the opportunity to set a positive example for kids and create healthy memories

Mental Health

Mental health awareness is a major focal point of Artest University. Metta World Peace has been an advocate of mental health sharing openly his mental health journey with the public most recently through his documentary with Showtime “Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story.” In the United States alone, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. We are seeking to change the narrative and remove the stigma about mental health by educating the public in partnerships with organizations like NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The more educated the public becomes about mental health the more prepared those in need can be in getting the assistance required and daily management of their needs as well as the support of family and friends.

NAMI Mental Health Conference 2019

Financial Literacy

“Like all learning, financial education is a process that should begin at an early age and continue throughout life. This cumulative process builds the skills necessary for making critical financial decisions that affect one’s ability to attain the assets, such as education, property, and savings, that improve economic well-being.” – Alan Greenspan

Financial literacy is a key component to surpassing socioeconomic boundaries. Artest University actively seeks to enhance the financial literacy amongst youth and adults.


Education is a fundamental component of Artest University. We promote continuing education assisting the youth in obtaining scholarships to the University of their choice.

Sports Activities

Artest University believes that sport activities provide children with discipline, team building skills, stress reduction, and community. Statistics show that children especially in underprivileged communities benefit greatly from participating in team sports. For many children sports activities is a gateway to excelling academically through scholarships potentially leading to careers as professional athletes. Artest University supports various communities through the elevation of participation in team sports & activities.

TYWLS Astoria Basketball Team 2019-2020

Our Team

Metta World Peace


Ron Artest Sr.


Heidi Buech

Board Of Director

Brittany Kennedy

Executive Director