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NBA Rookie Teammates De’Aaron Fox and Justin Jackson to Organize Harvey Relief Basketball Game

Sacramento Kings rookie teammates De’Aaron Fox and Justin Jackson are planning a charity basketball game in September to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey. Fox and Jackson are both from the Houston area.

“We both grew up in Houston, so to see the devastation that is going on, we felt like there was something that we needed to do,” Jackson said in the video. “With the support of the Kings, I think we are taking some steps for sure to help everybody out back there, so we are really excited.”

Fox, who is originally from New Orleans, spent a portion of his life in Houston, graduating from Cypress Lakes High.

“My organization, my group, we’re actually planning a game, sometime in Houston, sometime in September with professional players either in the NBA or overseas,” Fox stated. “All the guys that are from Houston, just to generate more money.”

Asked if the idea of a charity basketball game was Fox’s idea, he gave credit to his former coach.

“So my high school coach, Coach O (Emmanuel Olatunbosun) and my trainer are actually in Houston right now,” Fox stated. “They were just talking about a way to give back. We are just going to get a venue, charge for tickets I guess. I don’t have all the information yet. Just try to generate as much money as we can to give back to the community.”

Fox and Jackson are just another example of the league attempting to give back. Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has pledged $10 million while the NBA and WNBA combined for a $1 million donation. NFL star J.J. Watt issued a challenge to raise $200,000 for relief funds, that campaign has now topped the $7 million mark.

 

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