Sun Youth and its Young Hor­nets bas­ket­ball player cel­e­brate Thanks­giv­ing with the NBA

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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.

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