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#NBAGreen Gardens in Memphis – James Johnson & Jon Leuer assist in clean up

“I grew up doing work like this, I’m just ready to get my hands dirty,” said Jon Leuer as he slipped on his NBACares gloves at the tip of another Green Week event in Memphis.

Leuer and Grizzlies forward James Johnson didn't let light rain put a damper on their participation in a community clean-up project near the Ed Rice Community Center on April 8, 2014. The two forwards partnered with Grizzlies’ staff volunteers and members of LifeLine to Success, a faith-based group assisting ex-offenders with goals to be more productive, to plant trees, remove debris and plant gardens in what will now be known as the “LifeLine to Success Community Garden” in nearby Memphis suburb, Frayser.


Johnson and Leuer, no strangers to physical work, were quick to assist in cutting logs and fallen limbs that had become eye sores in the neighborhood. They tilled land, planted trees, flowers and delivered mulch and cinderblocks to build the first raised flower bed in the park. LifeLine to Success received a grant from GrowMemphis to develop the area into a lush, green setting. Seven more raised flowerbeds will be planted before the official ribbon cutting on Friday, April 18.


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