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Marvin Williams Hosts Fifth Annual "Flicks & Kicks" Event


Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams hosted the fifth annual "Flicks & Kicks" event on Dec. 8 at the AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead 6 movie theatre. Williams treated the children from the HOPE Atlanta program to a private screening of the animated feature film Megamind and dinner, before passing out gifts, including NIKE shoes. HOPE Atlanta, the programs of Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta, is dedicated to the prevention of homelessness in out community and combating it whenever it arises. The initiative provides: Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Emergency Services.

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Josh Smith Hosts Thanksgiving Event at My Sister's House

Josh Smith hosted a special Thanksgiving event on November 18 for approximately 200 women and children from My Sister's House at Atlantic Union Mission. The Atlanta native was joined by Maurice Evans and assistant coach Tyrone Hill to help serve dinner and sign autographs for all of those in attendance. Atlanta Union Mission provides shelter, employment support and recovery programs for more than 950 homeless men, women and children and was the first of its kind for women in 1969.
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Hawks Serve Holiday Meal to Eden Village

Atlanta Hawks players and coaches, along with Hawks President Bob Williams, helped to open the Hawk's "Season of Giving" with a Thanksgiving event at City of Refuge's Eden Village on November 18. The Hawk's served dinner, took pictures and signed autographs to all who attended before the event was concluded. Eden Village takes a holistic approach towards helping homeless women and children regain control of their lives and attain permanent housing for themselves.

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Hawks Assist in Remodeling Effort at Quest 35, Inc.

Atlanta Hawks players and coaches, along with front office staff, including Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, and EVP, Atlanta Spirit LLC, joined volunteers from the United Way in assisting with a remodeling project at Quest 35, Inc. on October 14 as part of the NBA Cares initiative. Quest 35, Inc., a United Way community partner, provides affordable-supportive housing to homeless and low-income populations through case management, educational and vocational training, community resources and financial management services. The Hawks provided supplies, and players and coaches pitched-in to help upgrade several emergency transitional housing units for homeless men and women. Full Story | Video | Photos


Hawks Team up with The Home Depot to Refurbish Youth Center


On October 12, 2010, The Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers teamed up with Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer program, the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves, to help make a difference in the lives of boys and girls in Atlanta. Nearly 100 associates and volunteers worked together to transform The Bridge Family Center, a shelter and residential program for runaway teens, into a safe and fun place to live and learn. Volunteers built benches, painted the gymnasium, replaced floors, and landscaped the property. Participation from the Atlanta Spirit included former Atlanta Hawks players Andrew Lang and Dan Roundfield, former Atlanta Flames player Eric Vail, Harry the Hawk, Thrash, members of the A-Town Dancers and Blue Crew and team employee volunteers.


Hawks and Thrashers Help Unveil Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks Foundation and the Atlanta Thrashers Foundation participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, August 23, in celebration of the grand opening of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding and the unveiling of its cafeteria. Atlanta Thrashers President and Atlanta Spirit, LLC Executive Vice President Don Waddell and Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena President, and Atlanta Spirit, LLC Executive Vice President Bob Williams, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with Ron Frieson, Senior Vice President, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, External Affairs and Julia Jones, Vice President of Operations for Children's at Hughes Spalding. The Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers Foundations donated a total of $100,000 to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.


Al Horford Treats Student to Afternoon at Dave & Busters

Hawks All-Star center Al Horford treated Samaria Driver from Lake Forest Elementary School (in Sandy Springs) to an afternoon of food and games at Dave & Buster’s in Marietta. Driver was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the “Hometown Hangout” Essay Contest, which asked students to write about where they would like to spend some time with the Hawks big man. The contest was held as part of the Read to Achieve program presented by Philips.


Joe Smith Teaches Students How to Train Their Dragons

Hawks big man Joe Smith enjoys reading books that have been readapted into movies. On March 18 he got his chance, reading an excerpt of Cressida Cowell’s “How to Train Your Dragon” (in theaters now) to 20 Parkside Elementary School honor students as a part of the NBA’s Read to Achieve program. Full Story


Josh Smith to Assist Family of Rajaan Bennett

The unfortunate death of McEachern High School student-athlete Rajaan Bennett rocked many in the state, and last summer Josh Smith had the opportunity to meet the young man while working out at his high school. After hearing the news of his passing, Smith wanted to do whatever he could to assist the Bennett family moving forward. >Full Press Release



The Atlanta Hawks held the annual College Media Day for college students on March 28 during the Hawks � Pacers game at Philips Arena. Following the afternoon�s activities, students were given the opportunity to submit a game story or recap of the events for publication on Hawks.com. Click Here to Read the Stories


Dollars for Scholars

For the fourth year, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation partnered with Project GRAD Atlanta on a scholarship program for high school seniors. To date, the foundation has awarded $80,000 to deserving students with $20,000 being awarded this year. Joe Johnson recently recognized the newest class of Hawks Scholars, along with Project GRAD Executive Director Yolanda Watson-Spiva (1st row, 2nd left), during halftime of the March 5th Hawks game.

Class of 2010 Hawks Scholars from Project GRAD high schools are:
� Azimah Caines, Toyia Gray, Christina King and Javon McLester of The New Schools at Carver High School
� Deonte Bridges, Veronica Coates, Sheroya Earls and Godreque Newsom of Booker T. Washington High School
� Montavious Fluker and DeQuanta Martin of South Atlanta High School


Hawks Celebrate Black History Month; Honor African-American Leaders

As part of this year�s celebration of Black History Month, the Atlanta Hawks are honoring prominent African-American leaders during home games in February for their civic contributions, accomplishments and leadership. Beginning with the Hawks � Clippers game on Wednesday, February 3, the team will recognize individuals from the Atlanta area who have excelled in these areas during special in-game ceremonies. Full Story

Video: The Honorees -
Ken Hudson | Thomas G. Sampson | Spelman College SpelBots | Dr. Beverly Hall
Xernona Clayton | Youth Ensemble of Atlanta


Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam

The Atlanta Hawks teamed-up with United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday with a special writing contest for Atlanta area high school students. The theme of the �Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam� is based on United Way�s brand �LIVE UNITED,� and encouraged students to write about how they can work together to create a better world.

The top 15 finalists attended a poetry workshop conducted by a local poet and later competed in the finals held at the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta. Grand prize winner Amber Holmes of Lovejoy High School performed her piece to the Philips Arena crowd at halftime of the Hawks� annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday game. She also received a laptop computer, an autographed Hawks jersey and four tickets to the game. Runner-up Shamarria Brooks of Pebblebrook High School received a 32� flat screen television, four tickets to the game and an autographed basketball while third place finisher Joshua Howard of Perry Lerry Center received a GPS system, four tickets to the game and an autographed mini-ball and photo. All electronics were courtesy of Walmart.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the poetry contest and to see Amber�s halftime performance.


Hawks Host Annual Full Court Fest Event

"Full Court Fest," the Atlanta Hawks Foundation's annual fundraiser took place on January 23 at Ventanas. Guests had the opportunity to rub elbows with the entire roster of Hawks players and coaches, as well as team legends and executives, while playing a variety of casino games, and other interactive elements.The evening also included an elegant dinner, music, raffles, and a silent auction for a number of unique items. Press Release/Photos | Recap


Mario West hit up the Egelston Campus of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on January 19th for a pizza party with the patients. Mario has been giving back to the children at the hospital since his days with Georgia Tech and has continued to do so with the Atlanta Hawks. Each child received a book to keep and other goodies!


On January 19th, Marvin Williams visited the Suwanee Sports Academy. He took time to speak with a large number of athletes and their parents about his career in college and the NBA, along with sharing fun tidbits about growing up in Seattle. After answering questions from the crowd, Williams joined everyone for a group photo.


Al Horford Hosts "Al's Amigos" Holiday Party

On December 15th, Hawks center Al Horford traveled to Brunswick Zone in Marietta to host "Al's Amigos" Holiday Party. The event helped spread holiday cheer to children from O'Gilvie-Carrington Centers, Inc. which is a group home for boys. Horford joined the kids for dinner and bowling before passing out gifts which included a pair of NIKE shoes.


Jamal Crawford Gives Back at "Giving Tree" Event

Atlanta Hawks Guard Jamal Crawford, in conjunction with his Jamal Crawford Foundation, hosted the annual "Giving Tree" on December 17th at Buckhead's Lenox Square Mall. The event benefitted Positive Growth and Atlanta Housing Authority. With the purchase of a holiday gift from the giving tree, fans received an autographed photo of Crawford as well as tickets to a Hawks game. To find out more about the "Giving Tree" event of the Jamal Crawford Foundation, visit jamalcrawford.org.


Zaza Pachulia Hosts "Z-Spree" Holiday Event

On December 17th, Hawks center Zaza Pachulia took children on a holiday shopping "Z-Spree" to Toys "R" Us in Buckhead. The children who participated in the event were from Mothers Raising Sons, Inc. which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive counseling, mentoring, seminars and educational services for at-risk single parent families. To find out more information about Mothers Raising Sons, Inc. visit mothersraisingsons.org.


Mo Evans Visits Toys for Tots
On Saturday, December 12, Hawks swingman Maurice Evans visited the Toys for Tots warehouse in Marietta to help sort donated toys before they are distributed. Evans is the Hawks' spokesperson for Toys for Tots this season.

The Hawks have teamed up with Kia Motors, Applebee's and the United States Marine Corps to assist underprivileged children in the Atlanta area this holiday season. At Hawks home games through Dec. 18 and at any participating Greater Metro Atlanta Kia Retailer or Greater Atlanta Area Applebee's Restaurants through Dec. 20, the team is collecting new, unwrapped toys which will benefit the "Toys for Tots" program. Fans donating a toy will be able to receive a voucher good for two complimentary tickets to a select upcoming Hawks or Thrashers game (maximum one voucher per person).


Joe Johnson Hosts Santa-Lanta 2009

On December 7, Hawks guard Joe Johnson hosted the fifth "JJ's Santa-Lanta for Kids" holiday event for approximately 100 teenagers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. The festivities took place at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games where Johnson treated the kids to dinner, games and holiday gifts. Johnson hosted the event as he continued his longstanding support of the William E. Thrasher Boys & Girls Club from Little Rock Arkansas, of which he is a former member.


Marvin Kicks It With Local Youth
Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams hosted the fourth annual "Flicks & Kicks" event on December 3 at AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead 6 movie theatre. Williams treated children from The Housing First program to a special screening of A Christmas Carol and dinner, before passing out gifts, including NIKE shoes. Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that centers on providing homeless people with housing quickly and then providing services as needed. Housing First has an immediate and primary focus of helping individuals and families quickly access and sustain permanent housing. Photo Gallery Coming Soon!


Josh Smith Helps Celebrate Thanksgiving Early

The day before Thanksgiving, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the women and children of My Sister's House, a local emergency shelter and residential recovery facility. Joined by Harry the Hawk, Smith helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to a crowd of over 200 women and children. To burn off the delicious meal, the crowd broke out into an impromptu electric slide just before the evening ended. Those in attendance were impressed by Smith's compassion and he in turn was happy to see so many smiling faces.


HAWKSGIVING

The entire Atlanta Hawks family tipped-off the holiday season with a special Thanksgiving event at The Gateway Center on November 24, 2009. Players and coaches spent the afternoon serving Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings to residents of the facility, located in downtown Atlanta. During the event, players and coaches chatted with residents, signed autographs, and posed for pictures. Story


Wilkins and Co. Team with The Home Depot to Lend a Hand
Atlanta Hawks Vice President of Basketball and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Thrashers defenseman Mark Popovic and Assistant Coach Steve Weeks, along with volunteers from The Home Depot, Atlanta Spirit and Atlanta Falcons participated in a refurbishment project at the Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club. Read more...



THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ESSAYS HAS PASSED

As part of the Hawks Read to Achieve Program, presented by Philips, the Atlanta Hawks are happy to announce our "Hometown Hangout" Essay Contest. This contest is open to all metro Atlanta elementary schools (grade Kindergarten-5). Please read the official rules for the contest, which kicks off on October 26, 2009, and has great prize packages for the six winning students. The grand prize winner will get to take Al to his or her "hometown hangout" her in Atlanta and 4 tickets to the Read to Achieve Day Game on March 28, 2010; and 5 second place winners (awarded in each grade level except in the grade level which has the Grand Prize Winner) will be awarded 4 tickets to the Read to Achieve Game on March 28, 2010.


2009 Paint the Town
As part of the Atlanta Hawks' "Countdown to Opening Night," the entire roster of Hawks players and coaches held their Paint the Town event at Atlantic Station on Sunday, October 25, 2009. Players worked at several locations, engaging in activities from serving chocolate to playing basketball with kids. The Hawks also signed autographs and posed for pictures with attendees. Fans were able to participate in interactive Hawks games and contests, with some winning tickets to the Atlanta Hawks season opener. Photo Gallery | Read more...


2009 Atlanta Hawks Foundation Golf Tournament
The Atlanta Hawks Foundation held its annual Golf Tournament at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge on October 15, 2009. The tournament, which benefited the Hawks Foundation and its numerous philanthropic endeavors, was sponsored by Philips, Fastsigns of Buckhead, and Blackberry. The event also included lunch, dinner and raffles for a number of unique prizes.


Tip-Off/Open Practice
On Saturday October 10th, the Atlanta Hawks held a Tip-Off event for season ticket holders, followed by an open practice for the public. The Hawks players signed autographs and participated in an exciting game of Family Feud. Veteran players encouraged the rookies to dance, with Jeff Teague turning in a stellar performance.


NBA Cares Event at Zoo Atlanta
In conjunction with the NBA Cares initiative, the entire roster of Atlanta Hawks players made a special appearance at Zoo Atlanta on Sunday, October 4, 2009. The Hawks took part in a number of activities with zoo patrons, including live animal encounters, tours, parakeet feedings, arts and crafts, volunteering in the nutrition kitchen and more. The event coincided with the zoo's "Give So They Stay" campaign, an effort to keep the zoo's giant pandas in Atlanta. Read the full story here. Read more...


HAWKS ANNOUNCE 2009 FOUNDATION GRANTS
The Atlanta Hawks Foundation has announced the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, Girls On The Run, the North Metro Miracle League and the Ryan Cameron Foundation as the recipients of its 2009 charitable grants. Each organization was awarded $10,000 from the Hawks Foundation. Read more..