On Thanksgiving Monday Sun Youth invited the 120 young basketball players of its Hornets teams as well as other teams from the Montreal Basketball League to give back to the community with NBA Legends Jerome Williams and Gary Payton, as part of the NBA Canada Series presented by Bell.
In addition to the two NBA Legends, the youngsters had the chance to volunteer alongside two members of the Raptors’ North Side Crew, the Toronto Raptors mascot and over a dozen volunteers from NBA Canada. The kids were able to have their picture taken with all these good folks and with the brand new Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Participants were also treated to a free barbecue. Volunteers from the NBA were kept busy throughout the event, wrapping up toys, sorting out food donations and preparing food hampers for Sun Youth's beneficiaries.
The only entrance fees to the event were a donation of non perishable food items or a new toy for children 0 to 12 years old. The young athletes thus had the chance to contribute the preparations of Sun Youth's Annual Holiday Campaign which are well under way since the end of August. From mid-December to the 24th of that month, Sun Youth once again plans on assisting over 4,000 with Holiday food hampers while distributing some 4,500 new toys to children of these families. Overall, 39% of the Sun Youth food bank users are under 18 years old. Of this number, 80% are under the age of 10. Sun Youth would like to thank all participants, NBA and young athletes for their amazing generosity!
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