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NBA stars return home to give away school supplies in Seattle with World Vision

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SEATTLE (August 20, 2013) – Four Seattle-area NBA players will join humanitarian organization World Vision to distribute school supplies to students in the Rainier Valley and Central District neighborhoods at two giveaway events in the coming weeks.

“The cost of school supplies can be a real burden to families as the start of the school year nears,” said Reed Slattery, manager of World Vision’s Pacific Northwest Teacher Resource Center in Fife, Wash.  “These events are a way that World Vision can help students in our own community start the year off well.”

To schedule interviews with the players or World Vision staff, please contact Amy Parodi.

3rd Annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway & Community BBQ in the Central District

WHO:

  • Will Conroy, currently playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, attended Garfield High School before going on to play for the University of Washington.  
  • Tony Wroten, currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, attended Garfield High School before going on to play for the University of Washington.
  • Brandon Roy attended Garfield High School before playing for the University of Washington.  He played most of his career with the Portland Trailblazers and was named NBA Rookie of the Year following the 2006-2007 season.  He retired after the 2012-2013 season after playing for one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

WHAT:

  • Will help distribute 600 backpacks full of school supplies and 500 family food kits to families in preparation for the start of school. Free haircuts, autographs and other resources will be available to those who attend.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, August 24 from noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • Red Apple parking lot at 2301 Jackson Street, Seattle

5th Annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway in Rainier Beach

WHO: 

  • Jamal Crawford, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, attended Rainier Beach High School before going on to play for the University of Michigan. 
  • Elite Sports Camp, which organizes camps, clinics, tournaments and non-profit community events to provide young athletes (age 5-16) of all skill levels with the instruction and training that have made some of the NBA’S brightest stars ELITE on and off the court.

WHAT: 

  • Will help distribute 500 backpacks full of school supplies and 300 family food kits to families in preparation for the start of school.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, September 1 from 3 to 6 p.m.

WHERE:

  • Rainier Play Field at 4600-38th Avenue South, Seattle 

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