The D-Fenders Partner With TreePeople for NBA Green Week

In honor of NBA Green Week the Los Angeles D-Fenders partnered with TreePeople and 60 students from Brentwood High School to beatify a local park. 31 trees were planted in total at Edward J. Vincent Park in Inglewood, CA on Tuesday morning in just a little over 2 hours.

To begin the planting excursion Ryan Allen, Tree Care Manager, talked about the history of TreePeople, gave a safety demonstration on how to handle the different tools and most importantly how to properly plant a tree. In keeping with TreePeople tradition, once the demo tree was up and planted the group all gathered in a circle around the tree to give it a proper name and to wish it well. The group then commenced in holding hands and saying, “Trees need people, people need trees. Welcome the Green Mamba!”

After the grand welcome of the Green Mamba, groups were formed and then dispersed to their assigned trees around the park. D-Fenders Assistant Coach, Larry Louis and D-Fenders Forward Justin Williams joined in on the fun and got their hands dirty with planting two trees alongside two high school students, Brennan Castro and Nick Steinfeld. The first of the two trees went very smoothly. The soil was moist and easy to dig and there were not many roots that hindered the planting process. The name bestowed upon the tree was Coach Louis.

The next tree presented some problems for the group as Brennan Castro, a junior from Brentwood High School, explains, “On the second tree that we were planting, there was this huge root that Coach Louis fondly described as a chicken skeleton. It gave us some trouble but we kept at it and got the tree planted.” Through some major determination the root was removed and tossed aside by Williams and the name that was then given to the tree was King Justin. Giving back to the community and helping the environment is very important to the Los Angeles D-Fenders as Justin Williams explains, “We are out here today planting trees in order to restore our environment so we can all live healthy and safe for a long while. It is important to get out in the community and do as much as we can to help others and the environment at the same time.”

As the planting day concluded Coach Louis and Williams laughed that they had found a new pastime or maybe a new job during the offseason. Allen’s response to his potential new hires, “They are doing a great job. They are laughing and having a good time, which is the way we like to do things here at TreePeople.” TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world.

Thank you to TreePeople and Brentwood High School for a fun day of giving back.