Suns 2008 Holiday Events Gallery
January 1, 2008
Amar'e Stoudemire hosted an All-Star Jam Session at the Toyota Club inside US Airways Center on Deccember 22. Looks like one of the first questions from the kids was: "How tall is Shaq?"
Every participant received gifts inside a personal stocking.
It was definately a group of happy jammers.
Any good gathering needs food. In this case, dessert was served to all.
The Phoenix Suns helped needy families by providing support for the Lift Up America program in cooperation with St. Mary's Food Bank.
Jason Richardson and Leandro Barbosa helped transport the donations by Tyson Chicken.
Coach Terry Porter also got some playing time in this event.
Looks like there will be enough room for the Gorilla's box in the trunk.
Scott Williams talks to the assembled kids at the Shaq Gives Back event at the Ladmo Branch of the Tempe Boys and Girls Club on December 17.
Shaq gave away 200 pairs of shoes during the event.
Some of the Boys and Girls Club kids provided entertainment.
Charles Gibson, a community affairs specialist with the Tempe Police Department, talked to the kids at the club.
Gibson then gave Shaq a special thanks.
Then it was Shaq's turn to speak.
Everyone had the opportunity to shake that big hand.
Lots and lots and lots of group photos like this one.
In addition to the shoes, over 400 presents were distributed.
Former Suns Bernard Thompson and Truck Robinson were on hand at Dick's Sporting Goods in Tempe for the "Shop With A Jock" event on December 17.
Former Suns Rookie of the Year Alvan Adams helps a shopper get started.
A young shopper uses part of his $100 gift card very wisely on a shirt for his favorite team.
A kiss for the Gorilla couldn't have been part of the scheduled activities!!!
Shoes were a popular item.
The Gorilla obviously approves the selection.
Former Suns player and current broadcaster Eddie Johnson checks out the size to be sure it is really big.
The Phoenix Suns Gorilla is intrduced to much fanfare at the annual Suns Players Chrsitmas Party held for local valley youth on December 16.
The Gorailla started his own clinic with a group of kids.
Grant Hill also talks to a group of youngsters.
Robin Lopez demonstrated some defensive techniques while Assistant Coach Dan Majerle surrenders in the background.
A few lucky kids got some dunking help from Matt Barnes and Alando Tucker.
Free throws were also part of the activities.
Tucker talked with a yougster that looks like Tim Allen's neighbor from the "Home Improvemet" TV series (face was always half covered).
The party ended with Steve Nash and the rest of the players sitting down for a pizza lunch with the kids.
Shaquille O'Neal became Shaq-A-Claus for a day on December 13.
Lots of kids were around with lots of equipment for their enjoyment.
Wherever Shaq goes, he is like a magnet for kids.
Drawing a crowd goes with the territory.
Shaq sat in his Shaq-A-Claus chair, posed for pictures and listened as kids poured through.
One-on-one has new meaning in ths environment.
Sam was ready before he met Shaq by having his face painted.
Having a Jr. Suns jersey draws a thumbs up from Shaq.
Phoenix Suns players Sean Singletary and Matt Barnes, along with NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, take part in the Playground Design Day held on December 8.
Lanier introduces Singletary to the kids assembled at the Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch Boys & Girls Club in Phoenix.
Lanier helps hand out NBA Cares T-shirts for everyone.
The Phoenix Suns Gorilla gets right into the action with his one-man kazoo band.
The kids were asked to draw my dream playground as the first step in building the Holiday Park playground. As the drawing begins, the Gorilla tries his hand.
Singletary looks over some of the creations. The playground will be constructed from the ground up by local families, volunteers, NBA players, executives, and adidas during the NBA All Star Day of Service in February.
A closer look will show that the Gorilla is playing Tic-Tac-Toe.
Barnes lends a helping hand.
Lanier mugs for the camera while the kids are hard at work.
One of the pieces is worthy of sharing with everyone.
And another is available for all to see.
This one has more of a female perspective.
Based on the smiles, a good time was had by all.