Cavaliers Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
By Giving Back to More Than 2,000 People in the Community!

2012 Cavaliers Season of Giving Makes Northeast Ohioans’ Holiday Merrier and Brighter

With the help of a generous Northeast Ohio community, several Cavaliers partners and the spirit of a team that is All for One. One for All., the Cleveland Cavaliers impacted the lives of hundreds of local families during the holiday season. As part of the 2012 NBA Season of Giving, the Cleveland Cavaliers were honored to team up with various local organizations to give back to more than 2,000 people in the community through a series of programs that captured some key elements of the holidays – fun, food and most importantly, family.

“This Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena family is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of the people around us and our community, especially children during this time of year,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “It’s great to see the smiles on their faces and know we were able to make a difference. We’re very thankful for the great support from our community that we enjoy and we never take for granted the special role we can play when it comes to giving back as well."

Cavaliers Season of Giving Events Included:

Giving Thanks in Tristan’s Town

On November 19th, Tristan Thompson gave thanks to his local community church with a turkey giveaway at Historic Greater Friendship Baptist Church. In addition to passing out turkeys and all the fixin’s for 150 pre-selected families, Thompson also surprised the group with tickets to a Cavaliers game so that each family could celebrate the holiday weekend together at The Q!

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Thanksgiving Dinner at The Q

On Tuesday, November 20th, Cavs Players Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, Luke Walton, Jon Leuer and Alonzo Gee swapped their jerseys and sneakers for chef hats and aprons as they manned carving stations, alongside ARAMARK chefs to serve turkey and a family-style dinner with all the fixin’s including dressing, mashed potatoes, yams, corn and beverages for 200 guests from Project ACT. For dessert, the players mingled with their guests over homemade pumpkin and apple pies.

Project ACT is an organization that ensures homeless youth have access to the same free and appropriate education all housed students receive within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Visit

On Wednesday, December 4th, the entire Cavaliers team and coaching staff spent their afternoon with some of the city's greatest heroes—40 smiling, laughing, optimistic children at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. The coaches and players passed out Cavs blankets and good cheer while talking and laughing as they visited each child’s room.
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Cavaliers and Monsters Toy Drive Party

More than 1,000 underserved children in the area received new toys that were collected as part of the 2012 Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters Toy Drive. Toys were also collected for the third consecutive year by a non-profit agency called Teen Leadership Corp. The toys, collected between November 21st and December 15th, were distributed to agencies including Catholic Charities, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Head Start, Project ACT, Providence House and the City of Cleveland (Halloran Park). Cavs guard Kyrie Irving even lent a hand by holding a Tweet-and-Greet with 10 lucky fans who brought two toys in honor of his jersey number to the game.
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On Monday, December 17th, the Cavs and Monsters held a holiday party at Halloran Park to present toys to approximately 100 children from the City of Cleveland Halloran Park Skate program. The children decorated cookies with the Cavs players Jeremy Pargo, Kevin Jones, Donald Sloan and Luke Walton and then laced up their skates to join the Monsters players Barry Goers, Calvin Pickard, Karl Stollery and Dean Strong on the ice.

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“Miracle on First Street”

On Sunday, December 16th, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson sponsored a surprise holiday shopping spree at Target in Fairview Park for 16 families from Family Promise of Greater Cleveland. Gibson, grinning from ear to ear, surprised each family with a generous gift card and steered them around the store to help pick out the perfect last-minute gifts. Additionally, Daniel provided gifts for 100 children from the Salvation Army in the South Park neighborhood of Houston, Texas.

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“Twas’ the Week Before Christmas in Tristan’s Town”…

Earlier that day, Tristan Thompson was at the Steelyard Target with 20 families from the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center making the holiday season a little jollier with gift cards too.

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Kyrie Never Stops…Giving

Showcasing the spirit of the Cavaliers’ “Season of Giving”, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving surprised 175 boys from Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy by going classroom to classroom delivering a variety of gifts to spread some good will and holiday cheer on December 20th. Students received gift bags with “Kyrie’s Kyds” t-shirts, tickets to an upcoming Cavaliers home game, Nike wristbands, Nike key chains and a Nike water bottle. Kyrie also held trivia contests with the children for prizes including Fatheads, Skullcandy Headphones and more!

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