Hawks Players to Donate Tickets for Every Game at Philips Arena

Program will bring over 6,000 underprivileged fans to games this season

ATLANTA, GA (Nov. 13, 2009) -- FAtlanta Hawks players Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Mike Bibby, Marvin Williams, Jamal Crawford and Zaza Pachulia are participating in the Hawks Assist Program in which each player has purchased a block of seats to every 2009-10 home game at Philips Arena. The tickets will be donated through the Hawks Community Development Department to youth groups and non-profit organizations throughout metro Atlanta.

Over 6,000 fans will be able to attend a Hawks home game as part of the initiative.

“I’m excited to be a part of the program again,” said Williams, who is involved with the initiative for third straight year. “Our fans are extremely important to us and this is an opportunity to help those kids who might not normally be able to attend a game.”

“Our players’ participation in this program is just one demonstration of their character and their commitment to the city they live in and play for,” said Tracy White, Atlanta Hawks Chief Sales Officer and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Whether they’re out reading at a school or bringing less fortunate kids from local youth groups to Philips Arena to experience an NBA game live, Hawks players recognize the significance of the young fans to their success and the importance of giving back to their community.”

Each player will have his section personalized with a banner at Philips Arena – JJ’s Hoopers, J-Smoove’s Stars, Al’s Amigos, Bibby’s Bunch, Marv’s MVP’s, Crawford’s Court and Zaza’s Z-fense.

Through a variety of community development programs and relationships forged with local agencies, Atlanta Hawks players, coaches and staff strive to improve the quality of life of Georgia youth by inspiring them to develop a passion for learning and a commitment to physical fitness and recreation. “The Atlanta Hawks players touch the lives of many families throughout Metro Atlanta and make a tremendous contribution to the wellbeing of our community,” said Ed Powers, Executive Director of HOPE Atlanta. “They are a model partner for all non-profit agencies and give unselfishly to those in our community who need it the most.”