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Grizzlies to tip-off Hoops for St. Jude Week

MEMPHIS, February 22, 2013– In conjunction with the NBA’s Pediatric Cancer Awareness campaign, the Memphis Grizzlies will tip-off Hoops for St. Jude week Monday, Feb. 25 with their annual visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® (262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis 38105)

Grizzlies’ player and Hoops for St. Jude ambassador Marc Gasol will be joined by teammates Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis, Austin Daye and Jon Leuer as he visits with St. Jude patients and their families. The players will sign autographs and pose for photos with the children in the Kay Kafe Rotunda. Media is invited to attend.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27 the Grizzlies will host Hoops for St. Jude Night when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum at 7 p.m.  Prior to the game tipping off, a St. Jude representative will be presented with a donation by Gasol.

Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins, along with members of the coaching and broadcasting staffs, will be wearing St. Jude lapel pins in support of Hoops for St. Jude week. PSA’s promoting the campaign will be shown throughout the evening, while a patient and their family will be given special recognition during the contest.  At halftime another check will be presented to St. Jude from the proceeds raised at Grizz Gala for the Memphis Grizzlies House, the short-term housing facility for families at St. Jude.

Marc Gasol and Head Coach Lionel Hollins both serve as official Hoops for St. Jude ambassadors, which include several other NBA players and coaches, and will help lead the week’s activities. In addition to encouraging NBA fans to join the Hoops for St. Jude team, each ambassador has committed to donate a minimum of $10,000.

Grizzlies’ Hoops for St. Jude Week is a culmination of a nationwide awareness effort for St. Jude that spans the 2012-13 season. During the season, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN have joined the NBA in the fight against pediatric cancer during Hoops for St. Jude. The V foundation, which funds breakthroughs in cancer research, is raising funds to support the research at St. Jude. One hundred percent of donations to the V Foundation from this campaign will go directly towards cancer research benefitting St. Jude’s patients. Visit stjude.org/hoops or jimmyv.org/nba or text HOPE to 50333 or JIMMYV to 80888 to make a $10 donation today and help create a world free of pediatric cancer.

Fifty years ago, St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other deadly diseases through research and treatment. Funds raised through the Hoops for St. Jude program help St. Jude continue to provide the best care to the world’s sickest children at no cost to their family. It costs $1.8 million a day to operate St. Jude, funded largely by individual contributions.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase tickets to any of the Grizzlies’ remaining contests of the 2012-13 season or 2013-14 Season Tickets can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com. Tickets for the Plaza IV and Terrace IV sections are sold out. For more information on the Grizzlies, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).