COURT to COMMUNITY: SBGB & Spurs Outreach Initiatives

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Re: COURT to COMMUNITY: SBGB & Spurs Outreach Initiatives 

Post#141 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 3, 2019 5:33 pm

More on LMA's give-back, pay-it-forward initiative for the Boys & Girls Clubs of SA. He bought all the iPads for the kids! Think about how much it means to them to have one, and to get one from LMA:

Aldridge a 6-11 pillar of stability for Spurs

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“It’s amazing,” said Aldridge, who paused his offseason training sessions in Houston to fly in for Friday’s Back To School event. “You always have to give back. There’s a lot of kids out there who need things, everything.”

In a way, Aldridge’s appearance at the Boys and Girls Club marked a return to his Spurs roots.

Four years ago, not long after Aldridge signed a four-year, $80 million deal with the Spurs that at the time was considered a blockbuster, one of his first public appearances was to present back-to-school backpacks to children at the George Gervin Academy.

Aldridge, 34, feels a strong connection to the Boys and Girls Club. Growing up in poverty outside of Dallas, he was a regular at his local branch.

“It was a place I used to go to when I was younger to make me feel safe and keep me out of trouble,” Aldridge said. “(The way) I grew up, I didn’t have much. Having a place like this to go to and having different resources helps make things better.”

Aldridge annually throws a back-to-school party for local children. The event is sponsored by H-E-B, which furnished backpacks filled with school supplies for each child in attendance. Aldridge personally purchased 300 iPads, as well as gift cards to Academy for children to buy new school clothes. He spent an hour Friday at the Boys and Girls club filling and zipping up backpacks, offering high fives and autographs, and posing for pictures with a gaggle of children who had no choice but to look up to the 6-foot-11 All-Star.

When Aldridge arrived with the iPads, the gym at the Boys and Girls Club reached Game 7 levels of joyous cacophony.

“I didn’t want to fly back just for backpacks,” Aldridge said. “Let’s do something even better. Every kid loves iPads these days, so why not?”

https://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Aldridge-a-6-11-pillar-of-stability-for-Spurs-14277670.php?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=socialflow#photo-18021992

Cutest line in the article: Upon receiving an Ipad,
Exclaimed one girl, who couldn’t have been more than 6 years old: “I’ve wanted one of these since I was little!”
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Re: COURT to COMMUNITY: SBGB & Spurs Outreach Initiatives 

Post#142 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 3, 2019 5:40 pm

These events and the moments they create are so endearing I can't stand it. How do players and those helping not well up when they see these reactions?
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Re: COURT to COMMUNITY: SBGB & Spurs Outreach Initiatives 

Post#143 » by GREY 1769 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:17 am

Continuing the spirit of generosity, LaMarcus gave $200 gift cards to ten students from the same San Antonio Boys and Girls Club that he gave iPads to previously. Really good works that these kids will never forget:
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San Antonio Spurs star surprises students with back-to-school shopping spree
LaMarcus Aldridge gave $200 gift cards to 10 children with the Boys and Girls Club.
Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge surprised students with a shopping spree at a local Academy Sports and Outdoor, Wednesday afternoon.

10 students from the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio at Calderon were greeted with a red carpet and the Spurs Hype team when they walked into the Academy location off of Northwest Loop 410.

To their surprise, Aldridge followed minutes later with $200 gift cards for each child to get all the back-to-school supplies they needed.

"This is the best surprise ever," 9-year-old Khloe Suarez screamed as she was trying on a pair of pink shoes. Suarez said she thought they were going on a field trip to the park. She made sure to grab a backpack for her brother too.

Aldridge walked around and spoke with each student, during the shopping spree. He said it's his way of giving back to kids and families who would otherwise be without.

"There's a bunch of kids and families that's in need in this San Antonio area," Aldridge said, "so you know just try to do your part."


https://www.kens5.com/article/life/san-antonio-spurs-star-surprises-students-with-back-to-school-shopping-spree/273-a26d826a-191b-4e74-b591-eaf60031af25

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Re: COURT to COMMUNITY: SBGB & Spurs Outreach Initiatives 

Post#144 » by GREY 1769 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:25 pm

Love DeMar's work in this important initiative:
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