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George Hill Provides School Supplies to Hundreds of Area Kids

by Scott Agness | @ScottAgness

August 13, 2013

As Indianapolis kids get set for a new school year, Pacers point guard George Hill wanted to ensure they got off on the right note – and with a smile.

With the help of PEAK shoes, Akoo Clothing Line, Target and Sprayground, and in conjunction with his “George Hill Rising Stars” foundation, Hill gave away more than 150 backpacks, shoes, and school supplies to kids of all ages from area schools, including KIPP Indy, Julian Coleman Academy, Charles A. Tindley, Southport, Perry Meridian, Scecina, Arlington, Broad Ripple High Schools. The giveaway helped local kids get excited for a new year while also making sure they had the necessities.

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“It’s always good to come back and give back to the community, but most importantly, to the neighborhood that you grew up in to show them that I’m a living proof that anything can happen if you just put your mind to it, stay out of trouble, and be a kid and work hard at your dream,” said Hill.

David Wimberly is the father of two young daughters that were on hand Monday afternoon for the back-to-school giveaway at Washington Park Family Center on East 30th Street. He was ecstatic that his daughters received some needed school supplies and were able to interact with Hill, a positive influence in the community.

“It means a lot that he’s giving back to the community,” Wimberly said. “Most NBA players don’t do this and he didn’t put it on TV or the radio, so that means it’s coming from the heart.

“He came from the same streets and he made it, so that’ll give my kids and other kids example and show them they have opportunities to make it.”

These efforts aren’t new or unusual for Hill, who continues to find different ways to affect the Indianapolis community. Hill grew up at 34th and Baltimore, just a few blocks Northwest of Washington Park. Dressed in Pacers garb, Hill enjoyed interacting with the kids and providing them with a reason to feel positive about the new school year.

“It’s such a great feeling to see everyone smiling, happy to get backpacks and shoes and things like that,” Hill said. “It puts a big smile on my face.”

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