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The NBA D-League and its players gave back to the Phoenix community during NBA All-Star 2009 this past weekend and left a lasting impression on local fans and families.
Derrick Byars (BAK), Joe Crawford (LAD) and Brent Petway (IDA) kicked off the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Basketball Celebration Day by participating in a basketball clinic for 100 enthusiastic members of the Jerry Colangelo Branch of a local Phoenix area Boys & Girls Club. After the kick-off event, NBA D-League players caravanned to the McKee Branch of the Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club to host another basketball clinic for 60 children. Byars, Crawford and Petway helped the children work on their shooting, passing and dribbling skills. At the request of the Boys & Girls Club, Petway dazzled the children with an impromptu exhibition of his dunking abilities, which were also on display for all fans in the dunk contest at Dream Factory Friday Night.
Petway also joined other NBA D-League All-Stars Blake Ahearn, Lance Allred, Maurice Baker, Trey Johnson, Antonio Meeking and James White in hosting a basketball clinic for 80 members of the Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club at NBA Jam Session. Prior to the clinic, the Boys & Girls Club cheered all of the players during the NBA D-League All-Star Game. In total, the NBA D-League, NBA Legends and WNBA reached more than 1,000 children in the Phoenix area through the caravan of basketball clinics.
NBA D-League players also gave back to the Phoenix community during the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service. By teaming up with local organizations, KaBOOM!, Rebuilding Together and Hands on Phoenix, NBA D-League players joined NBA and WNBA players and NBA Legends in building a playground, refurbishing houses and renovating a school. In total, more than 1,000 guests positively impacted the Phoenix community over the weekend.