NBA: Wade Makes Fans Day with Jersey Giveaway; Kings, Wizards and Blazers in the News

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The Heat’s Dwyane Wade gives his jersey to a sick boy during a recent game, and the story got widespread attention thanks to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, the Kings, Wizards and Trail Blazers also get a little PR play this week.

Dwyane Wade: The AP’s Tim Reynolds reported that after the Miami Heat-Memphis Grizzlies game on March 23, Heat G Dwyane Wade “removed his jersey and gave it to“eight-year-old Michael Stolzenberg, who “nearly died from a bacterial infection last summer, an ailment so devastating that doctors needed to remove both of Michael’s hands and feet just so he would survive.”

Wade: “He lights you up, the smiles on his face. He seems so happy. Everything that’s happened to him is unfortunate. But he lights you up. He makes you feel good. He’s a kid I’ve had a relationship with for a while. I’ve been to his room. He has everything already in there, and I wanted to add to it.”

Reynolds noted that during the game, Heat officials “learned of the boy’s situation, and reached out. Michael was shown on the jumbo video screens Monday night during the game, got a standing ovation, then got the biggest thrill of all – the jersey” (Tim Reynolds, AP, 3/25).

Sacramento Kings: On March 24, Maloof Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Sacramento Kings, helds its sixth annual Day of Volunteerism to celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez. Together with presenting partners Health Net, Raley’s & Bel Air and Wells Fargo, Sacramento Kings players, Monarchs personnel and full-time Team Members of Maloof Sports & Entertainment will refurbish the Roberts Family Development Center at Twin Rivers Housing Complex in a single day.
Founded in 2001, the Roberts Family Development Center provides services that meet the individual needs of the families it serves in the North Sacramento community. The center’s goal is to nurture personal growth, strengthen families and enhance community development and civic involvement. Services focus on early childhood and family education, economic empowerment and technology and include family literacy, parent, health and consumer education, child care, English language competency, computer competency, recreational needs and family counseling (Sacramento Kings).

Washington Wizards: The Washington Wizards and Wizards Care will conduct a Telethon on Wednesday, April 8th during the broadcast of the Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. The game and Telethon will be carried by Comcast SportsNet, Washington’s television partner and a sponsor of the Telethon.

Wizards Chair Abe Pollin: “When we launched Wizards Care, we pledged to provide assistance to the youth, homeless and underserved. This Telethon, in our partnership with an outstanding organization in the Capital Area Food Bank, will help us do so by addressing and combating the hunger issue in our community” (Washington Wizards).

Portland Trail Blazers: Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Portland held a reception for Portland Trail Blazers players Sergio Rodriguez and Rudy Fernandez, both of Spain, on March 24. During the event, children of Chamber members and youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Latino Educational and Recreational Network (L.E.a.R.N) were invited out to the court for a basketball clinic and a tour of the Rose Garden arena, complete with an exclusive “backstage” look at the Trail Blazers locker room. Following the reception, Chamber members rejoined the children on the Rose Garden Arena Court for a rare opportunity to shoot around with the Rodriguez and Fernandez (Portland Trail Blazers).