Stephon Marbury, formerly of NBA stardom, was seen out on Beijing Metro Line 1 offering his services as a volunteer and cleaning up the flier-strewn carriages.
The Beijing import, who came to the city in 2010, was seen holding his volunteer card as he entered the metro at Wangfujing Station, along with other participants, CCTVNews reports.
The program, being led by the Beijing Wangshi Charitable Organization, has been put in place in order to persuade people, sports fans in particular, to be more mindful of the environment.
After his participation, Marbury took to Weibo to express his thoughts on the event, “Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the positive movement!!!”;
In the three years that Marbury has been in Beijing, he has made quite an impact, being an integral part of a Beijing Ducks team that won the CBA championship twice, in 2012 and 2014.
In addition to his achievements on the court, Marbury has been noted for his position as a role model and was made an honorary citizen by the Beijing government. He was presented with a gold key to the city by Mayor Wang Anshun.
Web users were in full support of Marbury’s actions, replying to him through Weibo.
“Laoma, I’m excited to see you be a volunteer in the subway train and welcome to subway line Yizhuang next time! I’m a driver cadet of this line now,” user “shehuixiaoqingnian272” said.
“Oh my God!!!love u more than ever, u are so kind and honest, I will take away one piece paper as soon as I take subway. You can’t look down on your influence” said user “womailemiantiaodanchimiantiaoderenmeile”.
Marbury’s not the only recognizable face to have ridden Beijing’s subway for a bit of nice publicity. Last year, London Mayor Boris Johnson was photographed on Line 1 during a high-profile visit in the capital, after which he complimented the train’s orderliness and observed that it was more crowded than London’s Tube.
By Robert Ridley