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Zach Randolph receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award for December

MEMPHIS, January 14,2011— The NBA has named Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph the recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for December in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.

The NBA is honoring Randolph in part for what he did to brighten the holidays for children and families in need. Through partnerships with a variety of organizations, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, and MIFA's Holiday Hope Chest, the Grizzlies forward provided gifts and unforgettable experiences to Memphis residents. At home games throughout December, Randolph spent time with patients and families from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving® campaign. In addition, he dressed up as Z-Bo Claus and presented Memphis youngsters with 100 bikes and basketballs through his Bike Buddies initiative. Randolph also treated 100 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis to a holiday shopping spree and participated in the Grizzlies’ annual toy drive, which collects new toys for MIFA’s Holiday Hope Chest to give to underprivileged youth.

“I was one of those kids,” Randolph explains, referencing the children that he provided gifts to during the holidays. “People would bring me and my brother gifts through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program – we would be so surprised and happy, it didn’t matter where they came from.”

Just before Christmas, Randolph made another appearance as Z-Bo Claus at the Salvation Army Purdue Center of Hope, a homeless shelter for women and children, bringing smiles and toys for the 55 boys and girls living at the shelter. In addition, for the second consecutive year, Randolph paid the utility bills for 100 Memphis families in need to help ease their holiday stress during these tough economic times.

As an NBA Cares Community Assist Award recipient, Randolph will receive the David Robinson Plaque with the inscription, “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” In addition, the NBA will donate $5,000 to the charitable foundation of his choice.

The league presents the NBA Cares Community Assist Award monthly throughout the season and once following each offseason to recognize players for their year-round charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.

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