Grizzlies Foundation donates $370,000 in grants to non-profit partners

Posted by Eric Bleier on November 03, 2011

Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins and Foundation Vice Chair Elliot Perry tour the Choosing to Participate exhibit.

Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins and Foundation Vice Chair Elliot Perry tour the Choosing to Participate exhibit.

The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation announced the donation of $370,000 in new grants to Memphis nonprofit organizations Tuesday, Nov. 1 during the annual Grizzlies Foundation Partners Breakfast at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.). 

This year’s distribution of grants brings the total giving by the Grizzlies Foundation to Memphis nonprofit organizations to over $28.3 million.  Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace, Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins, Grizzlies play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica and local owner Elliot Perry were on hand for the event.

The Grizzlies Foundation’s mission to serve Memphis youth through education and mentoring saw it welcome two new charitable organizations to their circle of yearly grant recipients: Facing History and Ourselves and AGAPE Child & Family Services. In addition, the Foundation reviewed Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring, a new school-based model matching three mentors to nine students;  discussed the growth in mentoring in Memphis throughout the last year; and highlighted corporate mentoring partners.

Additional organizations receiving grants included: ArtsMemphis, Church Health Center, Exchange Club, Girls Incorporated of Memphis, Leadership Academy, Leadership Memphis, Memphis Athletic Ministries, Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Memphis PREP Program, MIFA, Mid-South Food Bank, STREETS Ministries, and United Way of the Mid-South.

Following the distribution of grants, tours were offered of the library’s “Choosing to Participate” exhibit, a multifaceted educational and civic initiative created by Facing History and Ourselves which encourages young people and adults to think about the importance of participating in a democratic society.  For more information about Facing History and Ourselves and Choosing to Participate, visit facinghistory.org and choosingtoparticipate.org.

The Grizzlies Foundation recruits and refers volunteer mentors, provides training and technical assistance to youth mentoring programs and actively raises awareness throughout the Greater Memphis community.  The Grizzlies Foundation has been shortlisted for the 2011 “Sport Team of the Year” Award by Beyond Sport with the winner named in December 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. To learn more about the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and how to become a part of the Grizzlies TEAM UP youth mentoring initiative, e-mail mentor@grizzlies.com, call (901) 205-TEAM or visit grizzliesteamup.org.

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The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is committed to serving Memphis youth through education and mentoring.