Hammond Makes Final ASSIST of the Season

Bucks General Manager John Hammond spoke about judging character with ASSIST Program

05/11/10

As General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, it is John Hammond's job to evaluate a number of things about a player. While talent plays a key factor in determining who makes the team, Hammond also has to judge a player's character and how he will fit in with the team on and off the court. On Wednesday (2:45 p.m.), Hammond will share his message of judging character with a group of Messmer High School Students and senior residents from Eastcastle/Newcastle at Messmer High School (742 West Capitol Drive, Milwaukee) as part of the ASSIST (Active Seniors Supporting Influencing Students Transitioning) program.

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In just his second year as General Manager of the Bucks, Hammond won the NBA Executive of the Year award. He made a number of moves this year, including drafting point guard Brandon Jennings, signing Ersan Ilyasova along with Jerry Stackhouse and trading for Carlos Delfino and John Salmons, which helped the Bucks earn their first playoff berth since 2006 and amass 46 wins during the regular season.

For the third straight year, the Milwaukee Bucks have teamed up with the Milwaukee Protestant Home - Eastcastle/Newcastle Places (senior living communities) to create and implement the ASSIST program. The ASSIST program is a mutual mentoring program that gives students from Messmer High School a chance to learn more about how to handle adversity, networking for the future and what it takes to become a good leader, as well as allowing them to mentor the seniors in learning more about today's technology. Hammond's speech caps off the ASSIST visits for the 2009-10 season. The program also featured speeches by guards Brandon Jennings and Charlie Bell.

Milwaukee Protestant Home, Inc., has provided care to seniors in the Milwaukee area for over 120 years. Founded in 1884, Milwaukee Protestant Home has earned a reputation of providing compassionate care to seniors throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee area.

Eastcastle Place, on the corner of Downer and Bradford Avenues on Milwaukee's east side, offers seniors the best in urban living. Newcastle Place in Mequon offers seniors the best living nestled in a beautiful country setting. Both communities provide a full continuum of care - independent living, assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing.