CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some of your favorite athletes are making sure the Queen City is taken care of. Friday was the NBA All-Star Day of Service which means basketball players spent time giving back to our community.
Big names like Michael Jordan and Dwayne Wade gave up their personal time to make sure hundreds of families would have food on the table.
Danny Green, a UNC Tar Heel turned Toronto Raptor, says he’s happy to volunteer in the state where he built his household name.
“I think it’s great to see this and give back to a community here in North Carolina,” Green said.
Green was one of several hoopers to load boxes of food and toiletry items for families at Second Harvest Food Bank. In total, the volunteers helped to pack more than 6,000 boxes that held 200,000 lbs. of food.
Green says he’s honored to serve other who are less fortunate. He also says he hopes his status and good work can motivate the younger generation to do the same.
“It’s the reason why we play, to inspire the youth and help the youth,” Green proclaimed.
Todd Jacobson, the Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for the NBA says All-Star weekend is bigger than basketball. He says the players and the teams are always striving to leave a positive mark on the cities they work with.
“It’s what the NBA stands for its who we are. To be able to do an event like this and bring everybody together the way sports can do leads to a larger impact and is a wonderful way to tip off the weekend,” said Jacobson.
“Everybody is here for a fun time and a good cause, to embrace each other and welcome each other with open arms and relax a little bit,” said Green.