Jazz players as humanitarians

Jazz Players are not only human but also humanitarians.

As we have all learned in the past few weeks, Jazz players are human just like everyone else. But what we sometimes don’t realize is how much time they and their families give to good causes. They are also humanitarians!

Recently the Jazz organization headed by Randy Rigby, along with his wife Sandra and daughter Heather hosted a fund raiser for Rising Star Outreach, which is the amazing organization in India that I have referred to in recent posts here and here. Heather has worked in India on two different occasions with Rising Star and has done a superb job of involving her parents and the Jazz players with this great cause.

The second annual “Night with the Stars” event was held at the Jazz practice facility and those lucky ones who bought tickets had a chance to interact with four of the Jazz players who donated their time to be with us. Fans could play ping pong, True Golf as well as “horse” at the hoops in a well organized round-robin with Mehmet Okur, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans.

Dinner was donated by Caf Rio and a once-in-a-lifetime evening was enjoyed by all for the sake of those families affected with Leprosy in Southern India.

Especially impressive were the Bells. Raja and his wife brought their two little boys, even though it was bedtime. Raja’s wife said that he is gone so much of the time that she and the boys stick pretty close to him when he’s home. They were adorable children, one who fell asleep on his dad’s shoulder before the evening was over.

The players took time to talk to everyone who approach them and added their signature to everything from basketballs to T shirts.

Below is our son-in-law getting a signature from cute Gordon Hayward on his son’s first place Pinewood Derby car which was emblazoned with a Jazz insignia.

Other stars were there as well. Dale Murphy was in the True Golf tent all night and it was such a treat for the fans to see him. Sean Bradley who has spent time with his family in India with Rising Star Outreach was also on hand. Here he is with Richard, our oldest daughter Saren, her husband Jared and our nephew Chris Carver. This is one BIG guy and his heart is as big as he is!

It’s always good to know that along with all the stardom comes a special responsibility to help those who need it most. Just as impressive were food servers, the ushers and all the Jazz Dancers who also showed up to help by donating their time and smiles to those lucky fans. It was an evening to remember. Go Jazz!

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