Hawks Christmas Hospital Visit

Hawks Foundation

Educational Programs
Youth Basketball

Community Outreach

Hawks Players, Staffers Visit Local Hospitals;
Help Needy Families With Wal-Mart Shopping Sprees

ATLANTA, GA (December 22, 2004) - Continuing with the organization's numerous philanthropic endeavors during this season of giving, the Atlanta Hawks visited patients at two local hospitals on Tuesday, December 21, while also taking disadvantaged families on Wal-Mart shopping sprees. Hip Hop star Bow Wow (representing the Bow Wow Foundation) took part in one of the hospital visits.

Players, coaches, front office staff, dance team members and mascots split into two groups to spread a little holiday cheer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston by visiting with patients and families, passing out gift bags and signing autographs. Bow Wow joined the Hawks group at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

A third group of players and coaches took five area families in need on $500 shopping sprees at the Wal-Mart located at 4725 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Wal-Mart donated $500 Gift Cards for each to shop for food, toys and clothes. The Hawks players and coaches also made a food donation to the families.

All photos by Colby Kidd

Assistant coach David Fizdale, Al Harrington, Josh Smith and Bow Wow meet
patients and families at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.  

Left: Recording artist Bow Wow makes a new friend during his hospital
Right: Hawks Rookie Josh Smith delivers the goods,
Hawks backpacks filled with notepads, headbands and more.

Al Harrington enjoys arts and crafts with a patient at
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

One of the Hawks owners, Michael Gearon and his
family enjoying giving back to a family in need.

Josh Childress gets a hug from a grateful participant
in the Hawks Adopt-a-Family shopping spree.

Hawks head coach Mike Woodson demonstrates his
artistic side with a young patient during the hospital visit.

 Hawks players Josh Childress, Jason Collier and Kenny Anderson joined
owner Michael Gearon, Billy Knight, Herb Brown and Larry Drew
for the Hawks Adopt-A-Family holiday shopping spree at a local Wal-Mart.

It's all smiles as assistant coach Herb Brown helps
some deserving kids shop for holiday toys.

Left: Josh Smith and Bow Wow spread some holiday cheer to a young fan.
Right: Executive VP & GM Billy Knight makes
a new friend during the holiday shopping spree.

Left: Josh Childress does some holiday shopping
at Wal-Mart with a little help from a new friend.
Right: Jason Collier and a member of the Hawks dance
team helped this deserving family shop for toys and clothes.