In the Community: Players Distribute Thanksgiving Meals to NOLA Students

Hornets Players Distribute Thanksgiving Meals to NOLA Students

November 19, 2012

A New Orleans grandmother who spotted Anthony Davis in the downtown Rouses store told the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick that she wished her grandson – an avid Hornets fan – could’ve been there to meet Davis. So she improvised and did the next best thing, pulling out her cell phone and dialing up her grandson. Then she handed the phone to Davis.

“Sometimes when that happens, people (on the other end of the phone pick up and) say, ‘No it’s not (really Anthony Davis)!” a laughing Davis said. “But he actually believed that it was me. If it was me (on the other end of the phone), I probably wouldn’t have believed it. I probably would’ve thought it was a prank or something. It was fun, though.”

Not everyone received a phone call from New Orleans’ starting power forward on Thursday, Nov. 15, but Davis, along with six of his Hornets teammates and head coach Monty Williams, personally distributed Thanksgiving baskets to students in the city’s Emerge Program. One week prior to the holiday, students in fifth through eighth grades from the Recovery School District benefited from the program, which is sponsored by the Salvation Army and Richard’s Disposal.

Along with Davis and Williams, Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez, Al-Farouq Aminu, Xavier Henry, Greivis Vasquez and Darius Miller blanketed a total of four Rouses locations across the metropolitan area. The team held its annual Thanksgiving event a bit earlier than usual this time, due to its upcoming weeklong road trip that brackets the holiday.

Participating students and Rouses customers again had the chance to greet and become more familiar with the New Orleans roster, which includes eight new players, something Davis appreciated.

“They support us on the court and cheer us to that win,” Davis said of local fans, before using an apt analogy. “(In this situation) they’re the players now; we’re the fans. We’re just trying to give back as much as possible.”

Davis wasn’t necessarily expecting to have phone conversations with Hornets fans during the event, but based on his experience so far in the Crescent City, the exchange didn’t surprise him whatsoever.

“They’re very forward,” a smiling Davis said of his interactions with area fans. “That’s just how New Orleans is. If they have something on their mind, they’re going to tell you. That’s one great thing about New Orleans.”