All Funds Go To MSCS To Provide Educational Support and Everyday Necessities For Students
Memphis, Tenn.— Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins visited Brewster Elementary School yesterday to announce his $24,330 donation to assist students throughout Shelby County through his Coach Jenkins’ Assists for Education initiative. For each of the past three seasons, Jenkins pledged to donate $10 per Grizzlies assist throughout the 2021-22 season to provide educational support for students in Memphis Shelby County Schools. A core tenet of the program is to provide everyday necessities such as school supplies, socks, clothing, etc., to students throughout the greater Memphis area.
“I’m glad we were able to come out to Brewster Elementary to celebrate the end of an unbelievable Grizzlies season and the third year of the ‘Coach Jenkins Assists for Education’ program,” Jenkins said. “To come here and see kids that are rising kindergarteners all the way through rising 5th graders and the commitment they are showing – coming to school for one month this summer to continue their learning process to get ready for the next grade level – is awesome.”
Coach Jenkins surprised students and teachers at Brewster Elementary during their STEM Learning Camp with Grizzlies Swag, sweet treats and classroom visits. In the program’s third season, the Grizzlies recorded 2,433 assists in 82 regular season games and 12 playoff games. Ja Morant, Tyus Jones and Steven Adams – team leaders in assists this season – combined for a total of 1,121 assists to lead the charge.
“To know where the necessities part of my initiative is coming into effect for the students and faculty, to help them come to an environment where they’re comfortable learning and growing is so special,” said Jenkins. “To see that the initiative is making a huge impact here, as well as throughout the community, is very powerful. But at the end of the day, just seeing the students and faculty with smiles on their faces gives you so much motivation and encouragement for all the great things that are happening in our school environment here in Memphis.”