Often the off-court antics – arrests, groupie tales, brawls – are noticed, and reported, far more often than the countless good deeds that NBA players provide.
In a world where negative behavior is often encouraged, and uplifting behavior is overlooked, it makes sense in that fashion, but this isn’t about a player’s baby mama or a recent arrest, but a player performing a charitable act.
Brenden Haywood of the Charlotte Bobcats is helping 15 women transitioning from living in a shelter to living in market-rate housing by paying their electric bills for the year.
Now, with the help of Charlotte Bobcats center Brendan Haywood, Cancel and 14 other women will have one less bill to worry about for a year.
On Sunday, Haywood surprised the women at the Center of Hope homeless shelter with news that he is going to pay their electric bills for the upcoming year
Also, Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies donated $20,000 to a local organization that will pay the electric bills of a 100 people.
Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph paid up to $20,000 in MLGW utility bills for families who need their service restored.
The Grizzly forward spent his time after practice Thursday, visiting the homes he’s hooking back up with service. While at the houses he signed autographs, cradled babies, and encouraged kids the neighborhood to stay focused.
These stories aren’t out of the ordinary; players – especially in small markets – are very close with their community; giving money, time, and working toward the betterment of the community.
Well done, Zach and Brenden.