Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation honors FedEx African American Network

Posted by JD Graffam on April 08, 2010

Jenny Koltnow, Greg Campbell, and Chris Wallace join FedEx AAN members Willie Brooks, Marlon Sanders, Ellen Crutcher, and Cheryl Floyd on the court.

Jenny Koltnow, Greg Campbell, and Chris Wallace join FedEx AAN members Willie Brooks, Marlon Sanders, Ellen Crutcher, and Cheryl Floyd on the court.

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“Mentoring Night” featured a salute to the African American Network at FedEx for their support of mentoring. Since AAN launched the mentoring initiative program in August 2008, approximately 90 employees have become volunteer mentors. Mentoring is promoted throughout the African American Network’s forums, employee recognition, and other staff activities.

“Mentoring a child is one of the best investments in the success of our community” says AAN Chairman Willie Brooks. “It is important that we give back to our community by making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of young people who need our guidance.  Far too many kids are choosing self-defeating paths and we need to show them that they have a larger community that truly cares about them.  That’s why we’re relying on members of our FedEx family to become lighthouses of hope and strength that kids can look to for clear direction.”

AAN’s goal is have 200 FedEx employees involved in mentoring children and teens, spending one hour per week listening, talking, and engaging in meaningful activities with their mentees.

Willie Brooks (AAN Chairman), Marlon Sanders (AAN Liaison), and Ellen Crutcher and Cheryl Floyd (AAN Co-Chairs) joined Grizzlies Foundation Executive Director Jenny Koltnow, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace, and President of Business Operation Greg Campbell on the court for recognition during half-time.

The Grizzlies Foundation invites the entire community to TEAM UP for mentoring. If your business, group, organization, or faith-based institution wants to learn more about mentoring and how you can get involved, email mentor@grizzlies.com or call 901-205-TEAM. TEAM UP with the Grizzlies and expand the world of mentoring for our young people.

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