Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies invest in communities throughout the Mid-South by creating opportunities for youth through outreach, education and sport development initiatives. The Grizzlies offer programs, events and in-kind donations to support the needs of area hospitals, schools and nonprofits that focus on improving the quality of life for youth in the greater Memphis area. The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation serves Memphis youth through education and mentoring. Since December 2001, the Foundation has donated over $22 Million to Memphis-area nonprofit organizations. What distinguishes the Grizzlies Foundation are the partnerships created and cultivated with all agencies receiving funding. This commitment earned the Grizzlies Foundation the 2007 Steve Patterson Sports Philanthropy Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, presented by the Sports Philanthropy Project and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
TEAM PROGRAMS
The Grizzlies partner with Memphis Heart Clinic and Cargill to present the Get Fit with the Grizzlies Fitness Challenge, a health and fitness initiative for area fourth and fifth grade students. Get Fit is a four-week program that challenges students to make healthy food choices and maintain an active lifestyle. Last year 8800 students from three school districts participated.
Each season the Grizzlies partner with International Paper to host the Read to Achieve Celebration at FedExForum. The Celebration rewards the top 100 readers from each school participating in the Memphis Grizzlies Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge is a four-week literacy initiative that encourages students first through fourth grades to read outside the classroom.
The Grizzlies Foundation’s TEAM UP campaign is focused on building awareness and recruiting individuals to be volunteer mentors. As the “hub” for youth mentoring in the Mid-South, the Grizzlies Foundation makes grants to local mentoring programs, hosts special events, engages local leaders as spokespeople, builds partnerships with groups and individuals, and serves as a “clearinghouse” for volunteer opportunities.
PLAYER OUTREACH
Hasheem Thabeet
Thabeet visited Senegal as part of Basketball without Borders Africa where he led a Life Skills clinic, took part in a bed net distribution and participated in an NBA Cares Legacy Project among other activities.


Mike Conley
Conley donated $15,000 to the Lawrence Township School Foundation, which includes his alma mater Lawrence North High School.