Sun Youth and its Young Hornets basketball player celebrate Thanksgiving with the NBA
On Thanksgiving Monday Sun Youth invited the 120 young basketball players members of its Hornets teams as well as other teams from the Montreal Basketball League (in which the Sun Youth Hornets compete) 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 will be 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 and took part in draw for tickets to October 10th's Raptors game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Bell Centre. 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 unwrapped 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 SunYouth food bank users are children and teens aged 18 years old and younger. 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!
The SunYouth Hornets celebratingThanksgiving in the organization's gym with NBA Legend Gary Payton (back row center), members of the Raptors’ North Side Crew (kneeling) and in the presence of thenew Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Photo: Joseph Munro.