Hornets in the Community: Miller, Roberts Read at NOLA School

Miller, Roberts Read to NOLA School

March 21, 2013

Normally when New Orleans Hornets players arrive at a local school to read to students, they’re the ones bearing gifts, such as books or free tickets to an upcoming home game. When Hornets rookie Darius Miller visited Johnson Elementary School in New Orleans on Thursday, March 21, however, a group of pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade children provided Miller with a special surprise.

On what was Miller’s 23rd birthday, youngsters presented the 6-foot-8 forward with a balloon that read “Happy Birthday!” as well as a handful of homemade greeting cards. They also put together a gold-colored “necklace” for the University of Kentucky product that Miller proudly donned as he walked through the school’s hallways. Sure, the message on the gift read “Happy 21st Birthday, Darius Miller” – off by two years – but Miller smiled broadly about the gesture.

Miller and fellow Hornets rookie Brian Roberts were on hand at Johnson Elementary, located on Monroe Street, as part of a Shell Reading Rally at the school. Miller and the 27-year-old Roberts were joined by event host and Hornets radio analyst John DeShazier, as well as mascot Hugo the Hornet and the Honeybees.

The pair of first-year NBA players read “The Incredible Book-Eating Boy” to children in grades 3 through 5 during an assembly, then visited a first-grade class for more reading. Employees of Shell also participated in the event, reading to pre-kindergarten and first-grade students.