Ashley Furniture Mentor of the Game: Kevin Hommel

Kevin being interviewed by Rob Fischer during the Grizzlies game broadcast

Kevin being interviewed by Rob Fischer during the Grizzlies game broadcast

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On Monday, January 30 the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation recognized Kevin Hommel as the Ashley Furniture Mentor of the Game. Kevin was recognized on the Grizzlies home court during halftime for being an excellent mentor to his mentee, Tray, through the Youth Villages mentoring program.
Kevin’s decision to mentor was simple. “I’ve had several positive male role models in my life. I can see why I am who I am today because of those people. I just want to have the same impact on others.” Kevin is the Director of Finance & Administration for Memphis Invest and also the coordinator for The Mentoring Project, an organization and network of mentors that works to fight the problem of fatherlessness.

When asked about one memorable experience he has shared with Tray, Kevin laughed and gave an immediate response. “The first time we got together, we went to Dick’s Sporting Goods to just look around. Tray was trying on football pads and helmets and ended up getting his head stuck in the helmet. This immediately took the nervousness out of our first meeting.”

There are many other young people like Tray in need of a positive adult influence and Kevin continues to advocate for more people to get involved. “I think everyone has something to give. The generation coming up needs it so badly. It’s just time.” The relationship between Tray and Kevin has extended to both of their families. Also present at the game was Tray’s older brother and Kevin’s son.

The Grizzlies Foundation has many opportunities to get involved as a volunteer mentor. You too can change the trajectory of a young person’s life by giving your time. It’s the most worthwhile investment you’ll ever make.

To start the TEAM UP process please visit to fill out a Mentor Interest Form and start the TEAM UP process.

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