BHC Blog: Making a Diff

Alonzo Gee, Coach Mosely and kids

What an MLK Jr. Day! As the United States’ first African-American president, Barack Obama, made history by being inaugurated into a second term of office, the Cavaliers organization worked to make a difference in local Cleveland schools. With the Black Heritage Celebration presented by State Farm quickly approaching, the Cavaliers got to an early start by participating in Cleveland’s Do Something Day.

Cavs players, coaches, employees, along with State Farm employees, teamed up with the City Year Program for a series of beautification projects to help foster positive learning environments in Cleveland schools. From top to bottom, Glenville High School, Marion Sterling Elementary, East Technical High School and Citizens Leadership Academy were treated with clean hallways, freshly painted walls and beautifully inspirational murals. View Photos

Along with the Cavs, hundreds of volunteers worked side-by-side to remind themselves and others that MLK Day is a day “on” and not a “day off.” In spite of all the dirty work being done, players and coaches shared laughs and profound reflections about the importance of service with other volunteers.

“Everyone one should give back to the community in some way, especially on MLK Day. Volunteering not only helps people in need, but it’s also very gratifying knowing that you were able to help make a difference,” said Cavs rookie center Tyler Zeller.

The Cavaliers Black Heritage Celebration presented by State Farm continues with the official kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8th when the team honors Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the Cavs vs. Orlando Magic game at Quicken Loans Arena. To purchase tickets, check out the ticket package information to the right, or visit or call (216) 420-2173.