DeMar Gives Back
Meet DeMar DeRozan – shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors, currently in the midst of a career season, with highs in points and assists per game. On court DeMar has grown as a true leader, but what fans may not know is that off the court DeMar’s generous contributions prove him to be a leader in the community as well, positively impacting youth and their education.
Partnering with the Toronto District School Board, DeMar has combined the two things he holds close – basketball and literacy – to form ‘DeMar’s Slam Dunk Book Club’. His goal is to give back by providing a fun environment for elementary students to learn and grow through education and sport. Currently in his fourth year of involvement, DeMar continues to fund an extra-curricular basketball and reading program for boys across Toronto. Making regular visits to the schools, DeMar has met each student who has participated, discussing the significance of education and literacy while working hard at what you love.
In addition to the Slam Dunk Book Club, DeMar has also purchased a Raptors Ticket Program for participating students to attend a game this season from the Community Suites in Air Canada Centre. His personal ticket program will bring in over 120 students to watch him play this season.
Rudy Gay’s Flight 22 Crew
35.8 minutes per game, 18.2 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game. Meet Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors Forward.
$30,000 donated, 200 youth impacted, 1,500 fans reached – and counting. Meet Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors Community Leader.
When Rudy Gay touched down in Toronto in February 2013, giving back to his new community through his Flight 22 Crew outreach program was an important part of making Toronto a home. From kids’ clinics to fan gatherings, Rudy’s impact stretches beyond the court. More recently, it has also made its way into the classroom.
In partnership with the Toronto Police Service, Rudy has become an official ambassador for Kids, Cops & Computers through Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation – donating laptops to participating students as part of this initiative that aims to eliminate the digital and technological gap for students in at-risk neighbourhoods without access to a computer or internet.
“Rudy is very humble. He knows that he’s a role model and I think his message to these young kids about respect, the importance of school and learning and using the laptops in a responsible way… make a difference. It’s a big, big benefit.” Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair.
The youth are also invited to be a part of Rudy’s Ticket Program where he’s purchased tickets for them to attend home games in his customized Players’ Locker Room Suite, receive gifts upon arrival and have the chance to meet their new role model as he checks up on their progress.
For more information on Rudy Gay’s community initiatives and all Raptors Community Programs, visit us online at raptors.com/community. For more on Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation visit kidscopscomputers.org.