Matawan, NJ (March 11, 2020 ) NBA Community Assist Winner and Phoenix Suns Standout, Devin Booker, teamed up with the International 22q11.2 Foundation to host families of children with 22q at the Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns game, Sunday, March 8th at the Suns’ Talking Stick Resort Arena. As a part of the Suns’ Southwest Superhero night, Devin provided tickets to the families in a private suite to enjoy lunch and the Suns game, and met with the families afterwards.
Devin received the November NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his efforts to impact the lives of local children and families through his Devin Booker Starting Five initiative. He designated the $10,000 grant portion of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award to the International 22q11.2 Foundation, in honor of his sister, Mya, who also has the deletion. “We are truly grateful to Devin for his donation to the Foundation, and are excited to team up with Devin and his family to continue to bring awareness to this little known genetic condition,” said Marc Weinberg, acting Board Chair, International 22q Foundation.
Devin met with the families, directly following the game, bringing the group down to the court to take photos, sign autographs and talk with them. He was even “interviewed” courtside by Louis Cavana, a young adult with 22q11.2 deletion, fist bumping him for a good job, after all the basketball questions.
Look for more in the coming months about this special partnership! #22q #DevinBooker #NBA #Suns
PHOENIX SUNS’ DEVIN BOOKER RECEIVES NOVEMBER NBA CARES COMMUNITY ASSIST AWARD PRESENTED BY KAISER PERMANENTE
NBA and Kaiser Permanente to Donate $10,000 to the International 22q11.2 Foundation
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The Phoenix Suns’ Guard Devin Booker was just named the NBA’s “Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente” winner for November 2019! The NBA Cares Community Assist Award is presented each month to a different player across the league in recognition of a player’s outstanding efforts who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities. Devin has chosen the International 22q Foundation as the recipient of the award’s grant – $10,000 from the NBA and Kaiser Permanente, and a feature on the NBA site as well, as a kickoff to his charitable outreach to help raise awareness of 22q11.2 deletion and duplication syndromes.
For more information on the award, please visit HERE.