Tuesday December 20, 2011 12:00 PM

Season Of Giving


Rockets players pay visit to Casa de Esperanza to spread holiday cheer


Rockets.com staff

HOUSTON - Houston’s warm temperatures may have given the city a decidedly non-wintery feel, but that didn’t stop the Rockets and families of Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos from getting into the holiday spirit Monday afternoon.

Rockets Chase Budinger, Goran Dragic and Marcus Morris were all on hand to help celebrate the team’s annual Season of Giving by hosting a “Snow Day” at Casa de Esperanza.

The players helped deliver gifts and winter coats to the kids, but even those presents couldn’t compete with the day’s main attraction – the snow. With the white stuff being such a rarity in Houston, both the players and children – with a helping hand from Clutch the Rockets Bear – took to the snow patch for some fun and frivolity as soon as they possibly could, building snowmen and hurling snowballs amid shrieks of joy and laughter.

Established in 1982, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños—the House of Hope for Children—is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential, medical and psychological care according to the needs of each child. Counseling is also available to the parents in appropriate situations. Click here for more information on Casa de Esperanza.

Monday's event was part of the Rockets Give Back program, owner Leslie Alexander's season-long initiative to follow through on the franchise's mandate to make a significant positive difference in the Houston community.

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