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Conley makes major donation to Grizzlies Foundation

The situation in many urban neighborhoods throughout the country is volatile. It feels like all too often we play witness to senseless tragedies like the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the shootings in Dallas, all punctuated by civic protest and unrest.

Today, too many of our young people grow up with too few opportunities and no hope. That has to change. Closing the achievement gap is important. Access to opportunity is imperative. The support of caring adult mentors is critical. There is no quick fix.

Still we all have to do better. We have to be accountable to see that all kids have what they need to be successful in school and in life. And we all need to be part of the solution.

-- Mike Conley


In that spirit, Mike Conley has made a million dollar donation to the Grizzlies Foundation. In recognition of Mike’s gift, Grizzlies’ Owner Robert Pera, together with his Memphis-based partners, will match Conley’s donation, bringing the total to two million dollars.

“Mike’s commitment to this community both on and off the court deserves our gratitude,” said Robert Pera, Grizzlies’ Owner. “Mike exemplifies what Grizzlies basketball is all about and I am honored to join with my Memphis-based partners in matching his generous gift.”

“The Grizzlies Foundation helps prepare young people for success in college, career and life while creating pathways out of poverty for our most vulnerable population, our children,” said Elliot Perry, Grizzlies Partner & Foundation Board Chair. “The money gifted by Mike, Robert and our Memphis-based owners will enable the Foundation to serve more young people, helping us ensure every student has a network of mentors to support their success. “

Thanks to the generous contributions from Mike, Robert and his Memphis-based partners, the Grizzlies Foundation will be able to grow its impact throughout Memphis, providing additional funding through:

  • Grants to non-profits that run quality mentor programs
  • Funding for Grizzlies Foundation mentor programs
  • Development of Innovative program solutions to close specific gaps in our educational system

“We need the commitment of the entire community to fix what is broken,” said Diane Terrell, Executive Director of the Grizzlies Foundation. “We have to stand together and we encourage Grizz Nation, Memphians and the entire nation to give what you can: time, wisdom, expertise, empathy - there is nothing more important than the work ahead of us.”

To learn more on the Grizzlies Foundation and how you can get involved visit grizzliesfoundation.org today.

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