Lakers Team Up to plant a “Teaching Garden”

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Fresh off their trips to Europe and Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Lakers wasted no time in doing what they do best: giving back to the community! This time, the Lakers partnered with the American Heart Association’s “Teaching Garden” program to create a model garden for students at Figueroa Street Elementary School in South LA. This event was a Lakers Team Up project, designed to encourage Los Angeles residents of all ages to volunteer in their community and engage in service projects and also tipped-off the 2010 NBA Cares Week of Service.

Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Trey Johnson and Drew Naymick, and the Laker Girls all participated in a school assembly designed to teach the Figueroa Street Elementary students the value of good eating habits and the importance of physical activity. The Laker Girls got things started by teaching everyone a special dance that got all the students up and moving. Following the physical activity, Derek Fisher led the Lakers players in speaking with the students about the importance of eating healthy and staying active. Derek encouraged all the students to take advantage of the great Southern California weather and to get outdoors and exercise by riding their bikes, going to the beach, or just playing sports. The Lakers players and Laker Girls then joined some students in planting a “Teaching Garden” on campus.

The “Teaching Garden” that the Lakers planted was one of several such gardens that had been constructed and filled earlier in the day by the students of Figueroa Street Elementary and Point Dume Elementary, in Malibu. The students worked together throughout the morning to assemble each garden’s wooden frame and shovel in the soil that will help the vegetation grow. The “Teaching Garden” program is part of a larger American Heart Association “healthy behavior change revolution” designed to help Americans understand what it means to be healthy, and to take action. The program provides hands-on learning experience rooted in offering kids nutritional food choices.

The 2010 NBA Cares Week of Service tip-off coincides with the five year anniversary of NBA Cares, which was launched on October 18, 2005. Through NBA Cares, the league, its teams and players have donated more than $145 million to charity, completed more than 1.4 million hours of community service, and created more than 525 places where kids and families can live, learn or play.

During NBA Cares Week of service, NBA teams and players are hosting a variety of hands-on service events in a continued effort to give back to children, families, and the community and to increase fan awareness about the importance of service. The 2010 NBA Cares Week of Service tipped off on Monday, Oct. 18 and runs through Monday, Oct. 25.

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