LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge was born in Dallas, Texas, to Marvin and Georgia Aldridge in 1985. His father starred as a basketball player in high school, as did LaMarcus' brother, LaVontae. LaVontae was a great influence on LaMarcus, guiding him in the importance of basketball fundamentals. LaMarcus attended Seagoville High School in Dallas, where he thrived on the court. As a senior, Aldridge averaged 28.9 points and 13.4 rebounds. He was named a McDonald's All-American and second-team Parade All-American. He was also chosen as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Class 4A Player of the Year. Aldridge debated whether to declare for the NBA Draft out of high school but instead chose to attend the University of Texas. Since joining the NBA in 2006, he has taken part in numerous charitable activities. In 2011, he hosted a charity basketball game at the University of Portland to raise money for local causes. Since joining the Spurs in 2015, he has made frequent charitable appearances at San Antonio's Boys & Girls Clubs. Early in 2020, Aldridge spearheaded a campaign to rename the Spurs' official non-profit to Spurs Give. The organization's first action under its new name was to donate $1 million to the San Antonio Parks and Rec Department. Of that amount, $100,00 came from Aldridge himself to help improve local parks. Learn more about him on Twitter (@aldridge_12) and Instagram (@aldridge_121).