NBA Cares Season Of Giving Highlights The League At Its Best

NBA teams and players have hosted a variety of heartwarming and impactful NBA Cares Season of Giving events ahead of the holiday, including turkey drives, dinners, and shopping sprees. The spirit of the players drives the League’s commitment to social upliftment, but the media often fails to report on the selfless and positive things that these athletes are doing.

Below are a few examples of events held by teams and players who took the court on Thanksgiving Eve on Wednesday, as well as some other efforts from across the league that will continue throughout the Holiday season.

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen hosted his third annual Meals + Math Thanksgiving event where he provided Thanksgiving groceries to 25 local children and their families, giving each child a sample grocery list, calculator and budget of $100 to spend on Thanksgiving essentials while teaching them math and budgeting (Nov. 19).

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Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker explains why it’s important to remember others during the Season of Giving.

L.A. Lakers players Quinn Cook and Dwight Howard began the team’s Season of Giving with a Thanksgiving Feast for more than 250 deserving community members who gathered for a night of festivities, including carnival games and a meal from Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ (Nov. 16).

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday provided Thanksgiving meals and fun for 75 families in need from the Kingsley House in New Orleans (Nov. 18).

Houston’s Russell Westbrook served dinner to more than 800 families in need in his hometown of L.A. at his Why Not? Foundation’s 8th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner (Nov. 21).

Steven Adams and OKC’s full team held a Thanksgiving Carnival, serving traditional lunch and participating in Thanksgiving-themed activities at Positive Tomorrows, OKC’s school for homeless children (Nov. 14).

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Victor Oladipo served meals at the Pacers’ annual “Come to our House” Thanksgiving dinner (Nov. 20).

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine hosted a turkey drive, giving away more than 500 turkeys and sides. (Nov. 21)

The Memphis Grizzlies sorted and prepared more than 800 boxes of nonperishable food and necessities like toothpaste, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies ahead of the holiday (Nov. 21).

 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.