66ers Serve Meals at Center of Hope

November 26, 2013

The entire Tulsa 66ers team took time to give back to the community on Monday evening by serving meals at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in downtown Tulsa.

The outing marked the fourth-consecutive season the 66ers served meals at the Center of Hope during the week of Thanksgiving and helped kick off the NBA's Season of Giving.

The players and 66ers coaching staff worked in two one-hour shifts to serve meals during the center’s dinner hours. Some members of the team served meals from behind the kitchen counter while other helped fill drinks and clean off tables while interacting with the guests.

“Being able to serve here really helps me appreciate some things in life,” said 66ers guard Nick Murphy. “It really helps me look at the bigger picture in life and not take things for granted.”

While temperatures outside begin to drop below freezing and the holiday season approaches, the Salvation Army is entering one of its busiest times of the year. The Center of Hope feeds hundreds of homeless families and individuals each day while providing transitional housing to help individuals get back on their feet.

With the 66ers just two games into their 2013-14 campaign, Tulsa Head Coach Darko Rajakovic emphasized the importance of starting the season with a chance to give back.

“We really like this opportunity to interact with the community and give back,” said Rajakovic. “We’re very fortunate to live and play in this city and we feel an obligation to give back to the community. It’s very rewarding for us to be here and help serve those who are less fortunate.”

For a photo gallery of the event, click here.