3-pointer, Gilbert Arenas is going to give your school $100 for each point
he scores in a Wizards home game.
Washington Wizards All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas has pledged to “score” dollars for Washington, D.C. metropolitan area public schools during the 2006-07 season. Arenas conducted a press conference at Verizon Center on Monday, October 30th to discuss the program and choose the winning schools from a pool of 190 area schools in a live drawing.
Arenas selected one school for every one of the 41 Wizards home games this season and will donate $100 for every point he scores to the selected school. Arenas’ program will help supply schools with computers, athletic uniforms and equipment, as well as fund after-school programs.
“It is amazing," Arenas said Monday. " You can see the smiles on the kids’ faces. Now they get to watch the Washington Wizards to see how much I score for their school. It is amazing that this even happened…I have a chance to actually give back in this life and when my career is over, I want people to remember me for what I did off the court as well as what I did on the court.”
In addition to Arenas' efforts, Wizards Chairmen Irene and Abe Pollin announced that they will do the same for every Wizards road game. For every point Arenas scores, the Pollins will give $100 to a Washington-area school.
"I'm proud of Gilbert for initiating this wonderful program," said Abe Pollin. "Irene and I are just happy to be a part of it and to be able to help another 41 schools through the Gilbert Scores For Schools program. We both know how wonderful it feels to give back, and to be able to help kids."
"It's great that Mr. and Mrs. Pollin are partnering with me on this effort," said Arenas. "Now 82 schools - one for every game this season - will benefit."
James Brown, a Washington DC native and host of The NFL Today on CBS as well as a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, hosted the event and helped Arenas select the winning schools.
Mr. Pollin selects the 41 additional schools
Since joining the Wizards in 2003, Arenas has been very active in the Washington, DC community.
For the past three years Arenas has hosted “Gilbert’s Christmas Dream” during the holiday season to benefit underprivileged DC area children. Arenas won the NBA Community Assist award for the month of August, 2005.
In September of 2005, Arenas purchased $18,000 worth of goods and delivered them to Hurricane Katrina victims sheltered at the DC Armory. Arenas also joined former Washington, DC Mayor Anthony Williams to host a holiday party for local teens at Lucky Strike Lanes in December 2005.