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MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies Overview

MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies (MMG) unites a broad range of local community organizations, businesses and civic leaders to promote, support, and advocate youth mentoring. Hear Abusheri Ohwofasa, Tiffani Morrow and others detail their experiences within the program and beyond.

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MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies Overview

MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies (MMG) unites a broad range of local community organizations, businesses and civic leaders to promote, support, and advocate youth mentoring. Hear Abusheri Ohwofasa, Tiffani Morrow and others detail their experiences within the program and beyond.
Jun 9, 2020  |  02:42

Sign up for Grizz to Grand Marshall your Parade

Planning a drive-by parade to celebrate a birthday, graduation, anniversary or other milestone? The Grizzlies and your Mid-South Ford Dealers want to ensure your achievements and occasions, in this time of quarantine, get the fanfare they deserve. Visit Grizzlies.com/parade to sign up!
Jun 3, 2020  |  00:21

Ford Scholars Rewind '19-20

From on-court recognitions to rock walls and even programming drones, take a look at all the amazing things participants in the Memphis Grizzlies Scholars Program accomplished from this past year.
May 20, 2020  |  04:01

Ford Scholars Presentation Night Recap

See how we celebrated the hard work of our Grizzlies Scholars during the Grizzlies vs. Hawks game on March 7, 2020.
Apr 2, 2020  |  01:05

GrizzFit P.E. Takeover Recap | NBA Fit Week

In celebration of NBA FIT Week, the GrizzFit team recently hosted a P.E. Takeover for students at Memphis Scholars South Campus. GrizzFit coaches stressed the importance of healthy living while offering various fun activities for the children involved. GrizzFit is presented by Nike.
Mar 30, 2020  |  01:10

2020 Memphis Grizzlies HBCU Night Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies capped off Black History Month celebrations with the annual HBCU Night on February 28th. Students from two local high schools had the opportunity to connect and learn more about the experience of attending an HBCU. After the student panel, HBCU Alumni, family and friends were able to network while enjoying an HBCU in-game experience that included a mixer, an on-court stroll off, HBCU marching bands, and more!
Mar 5, 2020  |  02:57

Ford Scholars visit Hattiloo Theatre

Take a look inside the Ford Scholars experience at the Hattiloo Theatre where students learned about Black culture, identity and themselves.
Mar 4, 2020  |  01:03

Ford Scholars visit the Jim Boyd BRIDGES Center

Check out our Ford Scholars as they participate in a Team BRIDGES workshop to learn skills and get involved in team building exercises.
Feb 13, 2020  |  01:11

Ja Morant's Murray State Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Take a behind the scenes look as we follow Ja Morant around at his alma mater for his No. 12 jersey retirement ceremony on February 1, 2020, at the CFSB Center in Murray, KY!
Feb 12, 2020  |  03:08

Kyle Anderson joins the Mid South Pulmonary Center grand opening celebration

See the what happened at the Mid South Pulmonary Center grand opening when Kyle Anderson crashed the party to join the fun and take pictures and sign autographs with those in attendance.
Feb 5, 2020  |  01:06

Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcaster interviews Grayson Allen pt. 2

Take a look at aspiring broadcaster Samuel Marshall as he conducted his first professional interview with Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen in this segment of Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcasters campaign.
Feb 4, 2020  |  01:53

MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies National Mentoring Month Awards Ceremony Recap

See what happened as the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation hosted their sixth annual National Mentoring Month Awards Ceremony, through MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies, where awards for Mentor of the Year, Mentee of the Year, Mentoring Advocate of the Year, among others were handed out as a way to recognize and say thank you to participating organizations and members in the MENTOR Program.
Jan 31, 2020  |  01:03

Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcaster interviews Tyus Jones

Check out Andrew, a patient from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, as he interviews Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones about basketball rule changes he would make, the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate, and receiving college offers.
Jan 29, 2020  |  02:11

Sports Legacy Honorees Reflect on their MLK Jr. Weekend Experience

Follow this year’s 15th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award honorees Sheryl Swoopes, Doug Williams, Robert Parish and Caron Butler through their MLK Jr. Weekend experience at the National Civil Rights Museum Tour, Reception and Discussion.
Jan 28, 2020  |  02:47

2020 MLK Jr. NBA 3-on-3 Tournament Recap

See the recap of our Martin Luther King Jr. 3-on-3 Tournament with Jae Crowder and WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes hosted in the Grizzlies Center at Memphis Athletic Ministries.
Jan 24, 2020  |  01:40

Martin Luther King Jr. High School Classic 2020 Recap

Hear what players and coaches of Pulaski Academy and BeeBe High School had to say about participating in the Grizzlies annual Martin Luther King Jr. High School Classic game Presented by Ashley HomeStore inside FedExForum on January 20, 2020.
Jan 24, 2020  |  01:38

Jr. NBA “Respect for the Game” Coaches Forum

As part of the team's MLK Weekend activations, the Memphis Grizzlies hosted a "Respect For The Game" Coaches Forum in partnership with Jr. NBA and the Positive Coaching Alliance. With over 100 attendees, the program was highlighted by special NBA guests Taylor Jenkins, Alvin Gentry, Nielle Ivey, Jason March, Robert Parish and Caron Butler.
Jan 22, 2020  |  01:44

2020 Raise Your Glass and Crown Royal Honoree Sam Phillips

Crown Royal and the Memphis Grizzlies honor music legend, Sam Phillips, and other Memphis music icons. Local music teachers also come together to share in the love and appreciation from the community.
Jan 16, 2020  |  01:27

2020 Grizz Bash Recap

Check out everything that happened at our 2020 'Grizz Bash', a Grizzlies-themed game night where fans were able to hang out, play video games, and enjoy activities with their favorite Grizzlies players, coaches, and personalities, all benefiting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Jan 15, 2020  |  02:36

Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcaster interviews Tyus Jones

Take a look as Andrew, a patient from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, interviews Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones about the beginning of his path towards becoming an NBA player and the best piece of advice he's ever been given.
Jan 6, 2020  |  02:12

Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcaster interviews Ja Morant

Watch as aspiring broadcaster Claire, a patient from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital conducted her first professional interview with the Grizzlies guard Ja Morant.
Jan 2, 2020  |  02:07

Memphis Game Growers

Game Growers is a new initiative by Nike on getting 8th grade girls to grow the game of sport in their communities. Several NBA and WNBA teams are a part of this program. See what happened when Jaren Jackson Jr. and Assistant Coach Niele Ivey surprised the winners of the Game Growers Initiative.
Dec 24, 2019  |  01:32

TEAM Mentor Program Holiday Celebration

Check out all the activities that TEAM Mentor Program mentors, scholars, and families participated in at the annual holiday party.
Dec 24, 2019  |  01:34

Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcaster interviews Grayson Allen

Take a look at aspiring broadcaster Samuel Marshall as he conducted his first professional interview with Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen in this segment of Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcasters campaign.
Dec 22, 2019  |  02:01

Jaren Jackson Jr. Nike Shopping Spree Recap

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. surprised 20 girls with a shopping spree at Nike. Each girl received a $200 Nike gift card and a pair of tickets to a future Grizzlies game; courtesy of Jaren.
Dec 20, 2019  |  01:35

Memphis Grizzlies Tip-Off 27th Annual MAM Classic

Meghan Triplett breaks down the action from the Built Ford Tough Training Facility where the Memphis Grizzlies have partnered with Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) to present the city’s longest-running holiday basketball tournament. MAM exists to coach, grow and lead the youth of Memphis by helping them discover their identity in Christ and their purpose in the community.
Dec 20, 2019  |  02:10

Memphis Housing Association Holiday Party Recap

See what happened when Grizz, Grizz Girls, and other Memphis Grizzlies volunteers teamed up with Marcia Lewis of the MHA to support their annual Holiday Party at the Emmanuel Center.
Dec 18, 2019  |  01:00

Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcaster interviews Jonas Valanciunas

AJ, a patient from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital talks to Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas about when he first dunked a basketball, his favorite player, and more.
Dec 18, 2019  |  01:43

Mentor Appreciation Night hosted by the TEAM Mentor Program

The TEAM Mentor Program hosted a Mentor Appreciation Night for all program volunteers to show gratitude for their countless hours of service by providing a first class game experience. Attendees had the opportunity to network with other volunteers in a relaxed environment at a pre-game reception, have a meet and greet with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marko Gudurić, attend the home game with lower level seating and receive in-game recognition. To learn more about how you can be the difference in a child's life go to http://www.grizzliesfoundation.org/newmentors
Dec 18, 2019  |  00:56

Le Bonheur Jr. Broadcaster interviews Tyus Jones

Andrew, a patient from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital interviews Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones about winning a national championship, his toughest competition, playing in Memphis and more...
Dec 12, 2019  |  01:37

Mission

The Memphis Grizzlies are committed to making a difference in the lives of underserved families across the Mid-South region. Our broad areas of support include education, health & fitness, youth development and volunteer engagement.


Education

The Read to Achieve Program presented by International Paper in association with KPMG is our signature, most extensive educational outreach initiative. It is designed to encourage elementary school students to develop a lifelong love for reading and to promote the value of reading and literacy. Players, coaches and staff members host reading assemblies and other in-school challenges. The program culminates each year with the Read to Achieve Finale Celebration held at the FedEx Forum. More than 15,500 students across Shelby County Schools participate in the Read to Achieve program every year.

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Health and Fitness

Committed to creating a healthier Mid-South, the Grizzlies work to increase access to health and fitness options, educating individuals about healthy life choices and inspiring individuals to make healthy decisions. In 2013, the Memphis Grizzlies became the first and only sports team to win the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.


Youth Development

The Tickets for Kids Program gives players and ownership the opportunity to purchase group tickets to invite youth to attend Grizzlies home games. More than 22,000 tickets were donated to youth across the Mid-South this past season. Tickets are also given to local schools to help incentivize attendance, academic achievement, behavior, and community service.

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Volunteer Engagement

Grizzlies Cares is the organization’s overarching umbrella for all employee volunteer services. Each year Grizzlies players, coaches and front office staff give back to the community through a variety of impactful service driven projects.

GrizzFam is the Grizzlies’ auxiliary group that supports the needs of the community throughout the Mid-South region. Members are comprised of the wives and significant others of the Grizzlies players, coaches, basketball operations and ownership staff. This past Season of Giving, GrizzFam hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at the Salvation Army’s Purdue Center of Hope for the eighth consecutive year. In addition, throughout the year, GrizzFam supports homeless women and children initiatives.


Youth Basketball

Memphis Grizzlies Youth Basketball seeks to provide the premier setting to learn, play and enjoy the game of basketball while delivering exciting and rewarding NBA experiences. We offer programs to players of all ages and skill levels, including camps, clinics, leagues, tournaments, private training and special events.

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Grizzlies Foundation

The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to harnessing the power and promise of sport to transform lives, particularly those of children living at risk. As the philanthropic arm of the Grizzlies organization, the Foundation is focused on finding, funding and creating youth mentoring and development programs in Memphis that help students discover and meet their potential.

Since 2001, the Foundation has invested more than $51 million in three strategic focus areas related to youth development: innovative K-12 education programming, high-impact health and fitness initiatives, and expanded platforms for youth mentoring – all as a means to help prepare every student in Memphis for success in college, career and life.

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