Memphis (Tennessee) Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph won the November 2013 Community Assist Award from the NBA. A press release stated, “The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities. Kia Motors and the NBA are honoring Randolph for his continued dedication to helping underprivileged children and families in need. As a part of the NBA’s Season of Giving, Randolph distributed 900 Thanksgiving food baskets at Booker T. Washington High School and Hamilton High School in Memphis. At both events, select families received tickets from Randolph to attend an upcoming Grizzlies game. Randolph also donated 500 turkeys and 500 spiral hams to be given away to 1,000 people at the Clarence Faulkner Community Center in Marion, Ind. In addition to Thanksgiving meals, he contributed 300 winter coats to students at Memphis’ A.B. Hill Elementary.” Mr. Randolph is happy to do good deeds. He said, “I love to give back to kids in need and from single-parent homes because I was one of those kids growing up, so I feel as though I can relate. It’s a blessing for me to be able to help someone else.” In addition, a video that went viral in December 2013 showed Mr. Randolph at the sidelines of a game talking to a young boy with special needs. The young boy pointed to Mr. Randolph’s warm-up jersey, and Mr. Randolph took it off and gave it to him.
For Further Information: “Zach Randolph Gives Shooting Shirt to Special Needs Child (VIDEO).” SLAM ONLINE. 12 December 2013
For Further Information: “Zach Randolph receives November KIA Community Assist Award.” Grizzlies.com. 11 December 2013
For Further Information: “Zach Randolph gives shirt to child with special needs.” YouTube. 12 December 2013
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