Porzingis to do­nate $500 per block to area hoops pro­gram

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Kristaps Porzingis is turn­ing blocks into bucks.

The New York Knicks for­ward will do­nate $500 for each of his blocked shots for the rest of the sea­son to the RENS, a New York-area, not-for-profit youth bas­ket­ball pro­gram.

The RENS will use the do­na­tions from the “KrisS­tops” cam­paign for the Ben Jobe Ed­u­ca­tional and Schol­ar­ship Fund. It will help pro­vide RENS par­tic­i­pants with free tu­tor­ing, SAT prep and tu­ition money for stu­dents in third to eighth grades.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis, who is av­er­ag­ing 1.2 blocks, will an­nounce the ini­tia­tive Saturday at the Abyssinian Bap­tist Church in New York. The pro­gram will be­gin with Sun­day’s home game against At­lanta.

Jobe, the Knicks’ 83-yearold scout, won more than 530 games as a coach at seven black col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

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