Sixers’ Dalembert Picks Up Community Assist Award; Foye’s Return to Philly Doubles as Fundraiser

This week’s lead is the news that Philadelphia 76ers C Samuel Dalembert is the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for February. Then after the jump, Villanova’s newspaper gives some pub to alum Randy Foye, Pistons Care to the tune of about a half million, and more.

NBA Cares

Samuel Dalemert:The Sixers’ Samuel Dalembert was honored with the February Community Assist Award following his $150,000 pledge of support to UNICEF to assist impoverished communities throughout his native country of Haiti over the next three years. In 2007, Dalembert returned to Haiti with UNICEF and witnessed first-hand the country’s current need of basic resources. During his visit, Dalembert spent time at UNICEF-supported schools and hospitals and was moved by the organization’s work to bring hope and assistance to millions of Haitian families and children. Dalembert has since made it his mission to support UNICEF with the help of his foundation, the Samuel Dalembert Foundation.

Dalembert: “I know that things are tough for people everywhere these days. But try to remember that there is always someone out there who has it more difficult than you do—and then try to reach out to them” (NBA).

Randy Foye Foundation

Randy Foye: The Villanovan’s Vanessa Denice noted that the March 25 Philadelphia 76ers-Minnesota Timberwolves game in Philly will serve as a fundraiser for the Randy Foye Foundation.

Timberwolves G Randy Foye, a Villanova alum, said, “To me successful is not making a lot of money but it is what we do with the money. The main thing is to touch as many people’s lives as we possibly can, in a way that inspires them to do something better or be something better.”

Denice wrote that “the roots of the Randy Foye Foundation stretch back to when Foye was a kid. After losing both parents by the age of six and raised in a rough neighborhood in Newark, N.J., he learned at an early age that he would have to make a decision about the kind of life he wanted to lead.” On a return visit to Newark recently, Foye “saw how far he had truly come.”

Foye: “I wanted to start a foundation because I saw kids struggling and felt as thought I was in a good position to help. I was someone who started off my life the exact same way that they are” (Vanessa Denice, The Villanovan, 3/12).

Pistons: The 2009 Pistons Care Telethon on Wednesday, March 11, raised more than $440,000 for Feed The Children’s effort in Michigan. All proceeds will be used for food distributions across the state of Michigan beginning with Metro Detroit.

Detroit Pistons players and coaches also donated to the Telethon and contributed their time and energy with PSAs and promotions. During Wednesday night’s game against the New York Knicks, fans were encouraged to donate by filling out pledge forms or sending text messages with their contributions. Knicks G Quentin Richardson of the Knicks contributed after hearing the promotional announcement during the game (Detroit Pistons).

Franchise Tag: The Minnesota Timberwolves held their 14th annual Taste of the Timberwolves fundraiser at Target Center last Thursday. Among the causes to benefit was construction of a new library at North End Elementary School in St. Paul. The night raised more than $30,000 for the library, which hasn’t been updated in 25 years (AP, 3/13). Meanwhile, Fox Sports en Espanol and the Lakers Youth Foundation partnered with Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) for the 5th Annual HOLA BOWLA Charity Bowling fundraiser this past Saturday. Over 150 people participated in the event, which raised over $42,000 for HOLA’s Central City Athletic Association. Funds will go towards investing in team uniforms, equipment, facility fees and operating expenses. 2,300 kids are in the program (Fox Sports en Espanol).