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12-16-2004, 03:16 PM
Suns’ Steven Hunter Receives Community Assist Award for November

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 – The month of November was a busy one for Phoenix Suns center Steven Hunter. As one of the Suns newest additions, Hunter actively participated in making this holiday season brighter for the children of Phoenix. For his selfless efforts, he is the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of November.

During the month of November, he participated in the dedication ceremony for the Suns’ new Reading & Learning Center at the Assistance League of Phoenix, and attended the Salvation Army’s Turkey Bowling Event to donate turkeys. He also delivered a personal check to the Salvation Army to help pay for the Thanksgiving meal which he hosted for over 1,500 homeless and low-income people in downtown Phoenix on Thanksgiving Day.

“I knew if I ever got in the position I am in today that I would do my best to give back to those who are less fortunate than myself,” said Hunter. “I have memories of the Salvation Army giving me my first Christmas gift, an electric toy race car, and to this day it still inspires me to do all that I can to help, not just during the holidays, but the entire year.”

Hunter also attended the 8th Annual Celebrity Waiters Happy Hour where he and his teammates traded in their uniforms for aprons and helped serve guests to raise money for the Suns Nite Hoops program.

He also participated in the Suns’ Holiday Select-A-Seat event where he and his teammates dressed up like Santa Claus to take pictures and sign autographs with the guests who were in attendance to “select a seat” for upcoming Phoenix Suns home games.

Hunter is actively involved in all of the Suns’ community relations efforts. In addition to the events he has done in November, he also participated in the Suns’ Door Hanger campaign in October when members of the Suns went door to door in various Phoenix communities to spread word and excitement about the start of the Suns season. Also in October, he attended the Suns’ annual Panini & Pearls event that benefited Suns Nite Hoops, as well as the annual season ticket holder event at Jillian’s Sports Bar. In December, he will join his teammates for the Suns’ annual Hospital visit to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he will visit with over 200 children, hand out toys, sign autographs and take pictures.

Beyond the impact he has already had on the Phoenix community, Hunter continues to stay very active in his hometown of Chicago. He plans to start a foundation in his name within the next year, which will support children in both Chicago and Phoenix and plans to host two basketball camps over the summer for underprivileged kids in both cities.

Hunter joins Damon Stoudamire (October), Adonal Foyle of the Golden State Warriors (September), Team USA (August), Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers (July), and Kurt Thomas of the New York Knicks (June) as recent winners of the NBA’s Community Assist Award. Other players nominated for the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of November included Eduardo Najera, Golden State Warriors , Eric Snow, Cleveland Cavaliers, Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets, Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors, P.J. Brown, New Orleans Hornets and Jason Kapono, Charlotte Bobcats.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Hunter will receive the David Robinson Plaque, with the inscription “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” In the 2002-03 season, NBA Commissioner David Stern presented former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson with an honorary plaque and announced that all future winners of the NBA Community Assist Award would receive the David Robinson Plaque. In addition to the plaque, a $5000 gift will be given to the West Valley Child Crisis Center in Phoenix in Hunter’s honor.

The NBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who reflects the passion that the league and its players have for their communities. All 30 NBA teams are able to nominate a player for the award each month.

12-16-2004, 03:26 PM
NEW YORK – This year the NBA and its players will celebrate the “Season of Giving,” with charitable efforts that will reach more than 250,000 people from Thanksgiving through the New Year. During the “Season of Giving” more than 300 current and former NBA players and coaches will participate in over 70 charitable events and activities worldwide.

“Throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, the entire NBA Family reaches out to communities in need with programs that feed the hungry, clothe the less fortunate and provide memories and gifts for kids and families struggling through the holidays,” said Kathy Behrens, NBA senior vice president of Community Relations.

The following is a list of just some of the events that NBA teams and players will participate in during the “Season of Giving:”

November 15th
-Portland Trail Blazers - The Blazers host a dinner at the Rose Garden with all staff and team in attendance.

November 16th
-Cleveland Cavaliers - Ira Newble, Dajuan Wagner, Anderson Varejao, Aleksandar Pavlovic, Jeff McInnis, Lucious Harris, and DeSagana Diop distribute food at a local foodbank.

November 17th
-Golden State Warriors – The Warriors dedicate two days (November 17 & 18) to delivering turkeys and books to the following organizations: Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, Police Athletic League. Derek Fisher personally purchased 80 turkeys.

November 18th
-Dallas Mavericks – During the Turkey Dunk Thanksgiving Party, the Mavericks host a basketball clinic for 150 homeless children from Captain Hope’s Kids followed by a Thanksgiving dinner at the American Airlines practice facility. All players will participate in the event.
-Detroit Pistons - Richard Hamilton purchases and hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for approximately 900 people at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.
-New Orleans Hornets – Hornets players P.J. Brown and Darrell Armstrong are giving back to Louisiana residents this holiday season by donating complete Thanksgiving dinners to families in New Orleans and Slidell.
-Phoenix Suns – Steven Hunter attends the Channel 3 live broadcast of the Salvation Army Turkey Bowling Event to donate turkeys and heliver a personal check to the Salvation Amry to help pay for all of the turkeys for a meal he will host for 1500 people November 25th.
-Portland Trail Blazers – Damon Stoudamire provides Thanksgiving baskets with all the holiday trimmings to 150 families from diverse ethnic backgrounds of the North Portland Nurse Practitioners Clinic.
-Washington Wizards - Wizards Turkey Basket Event – The Wizards team up with Calvary Food Bank to host an annual turkey basket giveaway each November. Four hundred baskets are filled with turkeys and items to compliment a Thanksgiving Day meal. They are handed out to Washington D.C. families in need.

November 19th
-New Jersey Nets - The entire Nets team buys and serves dinner to more than 350 families at the Lighthouse Community Center in Newark, NJ.
-Philadelphia 76ers – Marc Jackson donates 200 turkeys and dinners to 100 North Philadelphia families at St. Paul’s Baptist Church and 100 families at Fairhill Tenant Council. Andre Iguodala will lend a hand distributing the meals.

November 20th
-Boston Celtics – Celtics guard Gary Payton distributes 200 turkeys, complete with stuffing and cranberry sauce, to families in need at the Blue Hill Clubhouse in Dorchester. Through The Gary Payton Foundation, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Shaw's Supermarkets and The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., Payton gives each family a turkey dinner, a $25 gift card to Shaw's Supermarkets, Pepsi products and two tickets to an upcoming Celtics game.

November 22nd
-Atlanta Hawks - The entire Atlanta Hawks team and coaching staff tips-off the holiday season with a special Thanksgiving event at My Sister's House. Current Hawks players and coaches, team alumni Walt Bellamy, Jim Washington, Charlie Criss, Wes Matthews and Rickey Brown, former NBA stars Dennis Scott and Ralph Sampson and former Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas, serve Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings to approximately 150 disadvantaged women and children.
-Charlotte Bobcats - Hoops and Hope Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy - More than 130 underprivileged children are served a traditional Thanksgiving meal followed by a Reading Timeout. Players and staff serve Thanksgiving meals to more than 100 seniors living in public housing.
-Cleveland Cavaliers - Drew Gooden and his childhood friend, CC Sabathia, from the Cleveland Indians will be distributing Thanksgiving baskets (complete with turkeys and all the fixings) to 250 families from Bethany Baptist Church (Cleveland, OH).
-Dallas Mavericks - Michael Finley Buckets for Hunger Thanksgiving Challenge, which runs the entire month of November, wraps up. Finley asks Mavs fans to help fight hunger in North Texas by making a donation. Finley matches the total donation, up to $10,000 and teammates Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Erick Dampier and Jerry Stackhouse will each match the same amount. Dave & Buster’s, a Mavs partner will also be matching up to $10,000.
-Golden State Warriors - Patrick David's Café in Danville opens its doors and serves meals to 160 youth and their families from several shelters and nonprofits. Warriors players, coaches and staff volunteers assist with the food preparation, serving and clean-up responsibilities. Speedy Claxton, Calbert Cheaney, Ansu Sesay and Keith Smart will bring their wives along and join teammates Troy Murphy, Andris Biedrins, the Warrior Girls and Thunder to lend a hand.
-Los Angeles Lakers - The Los Angeles Lakers are partnering with Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ to serve almost 200 children in the Pico Union neighborhood at the Red Shield Youth and Community Center a traditional Thanksgiving meal. All youngsters will receive a Lakers book bag filled with school supplies generously donated by Staples.
-Miami Heat - The entire Heat team, Pat Riley, coaches and the Heat wives attend Thanksgiving In Overtown Celebration where 1000 underprivileged families (which have been pre-selected by the City of Miami Overtown NET Office) each receive a frozen turkey and Thanksgiving trimmings.
-Washington Wizards – The Wizards host an annual Abe’s Table Holiday event each November. Wizards’ players, coaches and staff serve a hot, Thanksgiving Day meal to over 100 senior citizens from the district.

November 23rd
-Charlotte Bobcats – Street Turkeys 2- The Bobcats are teaming up with WFNZ to host a turkey drive throughout Charlotte. Turkeys can be donated November 23 at the Bobcats game vs. Detroit or November 24. On November 24, people can drop off a turkey at the WFNZ Dog House. People literally drive up to the street corner and hand a turkey out of their window. Fans who donate a turkey, receive a Bobcats pennant. Turkeys and money collected are distributed to 3 charities in the Charlotte area.
-Los Angeles Clippers – Clippers’ Chris Wilcox, Shaun Livingston, Lionel Chalmers, Rick Brunson, Maamdou N’Diaye, Marco Jaric, Mikkie Moore and Clippers General Manager Elgin Baylor participate in their annual Thanksgiving event at the Bread and Roses Cafe serving dinners to children and families. Afterwards, the team heads across the street to St. Joseph's Center to distribute turkeys, food baskets and clothing to those in need.
-Orlando Magic - Michael and Ellen Bradley read a Thanksgiving story to the kids and delivering turkeys to the Pine Hills Community Center.
-Philadelphia 76ers – Sixers guard Allen Iverson, who has donated 150 turkey dinners through the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, visits West Philadelphia. Sixers guard Kedrick Brown and Ambassador of 76ers Basketball World B. Free join Iverson to distribute the turkey dinners to more than 150 families.
-Utah Jazz - The Jazz participate in their annual Thanksgiving Day Feast at the Delta Center where thousands of people – young and old - come for a full Thanksgiving dinner served by Delta Center staff and Jazz players and wives.

November 24th
-Denver Nuggets - The Marcus Camby Thanksgiving Tour takes place at Cope Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and the Denver Indian Center.
-Indiana Pacers – Austin Croshere hosts the Austin Croshere Thanksgiving Dinner at the Conseco Fieldhouse.
-Sacramento Kings - Kings volunteers will serve Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds at the TLC Soup Kitchen for the eleventh consecutive year.

November 25th
-Boston Celtics - Paul Pierce hosts 50 single mothers and their children for a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Marriott Compley Place.
-Orlando Magic - Coach Johnny Davis, Jameer Nelson, DeShawn Stevenson, Magic Dancers, Stuff and Magic staff serve breakfast to more than 800 residents at the Coalition for the Homeless. Breakfast is immediately followed by a carnival witch includes clowns, inflatables and live music from 102 JAMZ.
-Philadelphia 76ers – Aaron McKie hosts Aaron's Thanksgiving Meal at Liacouras Center at Temple University for 200 families from Methodist Services for Children.
-Phoenix Suns – Steven Hunter hosts 1500 people at a Thanksgiving Dinner. He donated money to pay for the turkeys, basketballs and toys for the children who come to eat and he delivers meals to the Senior Center to those who are unable to leave the center to attend the meal.

November 26th
-New York Knicks - Isiah Thomas, Jerome Williams, Moochie Norris and Vin Baker feed the homeless and needy families at a New York City public school in partnership with City Harvest and the Community League of 159th Street.

November 29th
-Golden State Warriors –Warriors’ players, Clifford Robinson, Calbert Cheaney, the Warrior Girls and Thunder visit over 100 children at the Oakland Children’s Hospital to conduct private Reading Time Outs for the kids, play board games and deliver goodie bags.

December 1st
-Denver Nuggets – “A Melo Christmas” – Carmelo Anthony visits 125 kids and family members at the Family Resource Center, his primary charity, for his 2nd Annual Melo Christmas event. Kids rotate around stations including arts & crafts, basketball and reading.
-Philadelphia 76ers – The Sixers host a month-long toy drive at all December home games.

December 6th
-Utah Jazz – The Jazz hold a “Toys for Tots” drive at their home games on December 6th and 8th.

December 7th
-Minnesota Timberwolves –Christmas trees decorated by the players are displayed and auctioned for the “Festival of Trees” during the game.

December 9th
-Los Angeles Clippers –Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Bobby Simmons, Chris Kaman, Shaun Livingston, Mikki Moore, Rick Brunson, Kerry Kittles and Chris Wilcox will team up with kids, distributing books and shopping for toys on a shopping spree at Toys R Us.
-Washington Wizards – The Team participates in Family to Family Deliveries.

December 10th
-Houston Rockets - The Rockets host a holiday party for kids and their families at the Ronald McDonald House.

December 13th
-Philadelphia 76ers – The team participate in a holiday shopping spree with local children.

December 14th
-Memphis Grizzlies – The Grizzlies host the 4th Annual Holiday Toy Drive at the Hilton Hotel. Fans can donate a new toy and meet their favorite players.
-Minnesota Timberwolves – Christmas trees decorated by the players are displayed and auctioned for the “Festival of Trees” during the game.

December 15th
-Miami Heat – The Heat wives will host the SafeSpace Holiday Party.

December 16th
-Miami Heat – The Heat will host a holiday event.
-New Orleans Hornets – Alex Garcia, Lee Nailon, Tim Pickett, Rodney Rogers and J.R. Smith take part in the 12 Days of Giving event.
-Philadelphia 76ers - The entire team and basketball operations staff visit local children’s hospitals.

December 18th
-Dallas Mavericks – Several Mavericks season ticket holders have gathered together to donate their courside seats to the Mavericks vs. Atlanta game. Thus far, 50 courtside seats have been donated.
-Seattle SuperSonics – Ray Allen makes an appearance at the Factoria Mall for the Ray Allen Giving Tree Holiday program benefiting Seattle Public Schools, Rise-n-Shine and Youth Eastside Services.
-Minnesota Timberwolves – The T-Wolves host a holiday party for kids.

December 19th
-Detroit Pistons – The FTC and members of the Detroit Pistons distribute food, milk, personal care products and books to 500 families at City Mission of Detroit.
-Indiana Pacers – Jermaine O’Neal hosts a holiday party.

December 20th
-Cleveland Cavaliers – The entire team visits local hospitals.
-Denver Nuggets – The team hosts the Nuggets Holiday Extravaganza.
-Indiana Pacers – The Pacers host a Holiday Hoopla.
-Miami Heat – The team make hospital visit to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

December 21st
-Houston Rockets – The Rockets host a holiday event.
-Golden State Warriors/Memphis Grizzlies – Players from the Warriors and the -Grizzlies will provide 5000 Oakland families with food, milk, personal care products books and gifts at the Allen Temple Baptist Church.
-Minnesota Timberwolves – Players’ Christmas trees are displayed and auctioned for the “Festival Of Trees” during the game.
-Orlando Magic– Steve Francis hosts a holiday party for at-risk youth.
-Seattle SuperSonics – Rashard Lewis hosts a Christmas Party at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle.

December 22nd
-Detroit Pistons – Rasheed Wallace Coat Drive – Coats are collected at home games from December 22 through December 30 to benefit the Salvation Army.

December 23rd
-Denver Nuggets – Marcus Camby hosts the Cambyland Christmas Event.
-Indiana Pacers – The team makes hospital visits to three different children’s hospitals.
-Milwaukee Bucks – The team makes children’s hospital visits.
-New York Knicks – Family feeding event with Isiah Thomas, Jerome Williams, Moochie Norris and Nazr Mohammed.
-Washington Wizards – Gilbert Arenas hosts Gilbert’s Christmas Dream.

December 30th
-Denver Nuggets – The Nuggets host a New Year’s event.
-New York Knicks – Vin Baker, Anfernee Hardaway and Tim Thomas make hospital visits.

12-16-2004, 05:35 PM
Thank you JMark. It is nice to hear the good that the NBA and it's players are doing instead of just hearing the bad and the sensational.

I appreciate you posting that . . .

12-16-2004, 08:08 PM
No prollem...just trying to warm yer heart and win ya back...the NBA needs it's "once-fans" and from what I can tell, yer only disinterested, not disheartened...