Sean Cunningham: The City of Sacramento presented this Resolution to DeMarcus Cousins this afternoon spotlighting a few of his efforts within the community.
Cousins was at Sacramento High School on Wednesday, working up a sweat and having fun with over 200 children for the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Camp, which was free to all youth who registered and included an eye exam from VSP and glasses for those who need them. “Just because I’m gone it doesn’t mean the relationships end,” Cousins said. “I still care for these kids, what’s best for them and I’m going to stick to my word.”
A native of Mobile, Ala., Cousins saw a bit of himself in those communities. He regularly attended sports events at Sac High and Grant High School, and the students embraced an NBA star who was a lot like them. “That’s exactly what it is,” Cousins said. “These kids grew up similar to how I grew up, people in my neighborhood. So there’s automatically a connection there. I understand these kids and I think they understand where I come from, my message and what I’m trying to deliver to them. I think they’ve received it over the years, I think they’ve grown over the years as athletes, as people, as human beings and that’s what it’s about.”
The Atlanta Hawks Foundation today revealed the next six sites that will receive new Hawks-themed community basketball courts, including Coan Park in the city’s Kirkwood neighborhood this Friday, June 23. In total, the foundation announced plans to impact three sites in the City of Atlanta and one location apiece in the City of College Park, the City of South Fulton and Cobb County by June 2018.
Jimmer Fredette, the ex-NBA journeyman who was drafted 10th overall in 2011 after a standout career at BYU, knocked down 92 out of 100 three-pointers at an event to raise money for charity on Friday. Seriously.
J. Blair Giles, president of the Fredette Family Foundation, told USA TODAY Sports that each shot was worth $200 — meaning Fredette raised $18,400 for Heritage RTC (an adolescent residential treatment center in Provo, Utah) in a matter of minutes.