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Ricky Davis: Setting A Foundation of Giving

Nov 14 2007 2:23PM

Ricky Davis: Setting A Foundation of Giving

Ricky Davis has only been back in Miami for a short time, but it didn’t take long for the recently acquired swingman to get involved in the community.

Davis and The Related Group, the nation’s largest Hispanic owned business, each made a $5,000 donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) orgainzation at a special press conference held at the Related Cervera Realty Services headquarters, located at 50 Biscayne in downtown Miami.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. The organization has been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages six through 18, in communities across the country.

At the event, two checks were presented for the charitable cause. Davis signed autographs and took photos with some of the youths from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

“I haven’t been in Miami long, so it’s important to get off on the right foot and to let the city of Miami know how much I care about the community,” said Davis. “It’s great to be back in the Magic City. I’m hoping Miami will be my home for a while, so I will have plenty of opportunities to get involved.”

In addition to his monetary donation, Davis also made a pledge to BBBS that he will donate $100 for every three-pointer made throughout the season. Last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Davis knocked down 123 three-pointers. If he duplicates those numbers this season, Davis will donate another $12,300 to BBBS.

 “Giving is something that we all need to get in the habit of doing,” said Davis. “As basketball players, we are privileged to make a living playing a game. To get to this level, you have to take pride in bringing your best game every night. With this pledge, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

Another way Davis gives back to the Miami community is through the Miami HEAT Player Corner ticket program, where Davis, along with other HEAT players, donates a group of tickets to HEAT home games to deserving South Florida youth. Davis, whose nicknames include “Get Buckets”, has christened his player corner “The Buckets Brigade.”

For more information on the HEAT Player Corner ticket program visit HEAT.com or to learn more about Ricky Davis and his community efforts visit his website, RickyDavis31.com.