Paul’s Winston-Salem Weekend Continues to Grow

Chris Paul Weekend 275New Orleans Hornets G Chris Paul, a native of Winston-Salem, wrapped up his CP3 Foundation’s fourth annual Chris Paul’s Winston-Salem Weekend on Sunday. The weekend-long event included a Day of Service on Friday complete with the assembling of care packages for American troops overseas and a Feed the Children food distribution for needy families.

In addition, the event included a free youth basketball clinic, a gala honoring the late Wake Forest men’s basketball coach Skip Prosser as well as a church service to conclude the event on Sunday. The first three years of the event have raised over $325,000 for a variety of programs and charities in the Winston-Salem area.

The Winston-Salem Journal put together a great photo gallery from the weekend, and writer Lisa O’Donnell filed a nice report in the Sunday edition.

O’Donnell: “Paul’s day was crammed with service projects. Besides presenting checks to Senior Services and Special Olympics, he read his new book, Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big, to local school children, stuffed care packages for troops stationed overseas, worked with Special Olympics athletes and distributed food to low-income families. (Read O’Donnell’s piece).

In the foundation’s pre-event press release, Paul said, “The event continues to grow in awareness each year and the number of organizations, charities and people who get involved and volunteer their time is truly amazing.”

Meanwhile, last Thursday ESPN filmed a taping of Homecoming with Rick Reilly, an ESPN show that follows sports stars returning to their roots.

Photo by CP3 Foundation