News (and Blog) en Copyright 2014 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Beno Udrih visits Revolutions Memphis with Westhaven Elementary Revolution Memphis invited twelve 4th and 5th graders from Westhaven Elementary who have been going through a bike safety curriculum in PE, on bikes donated by Revolutions to the Shelby County Schools, out at the bike shop to learn about recycling old bikes into new bikes.  Beno Udrih came to help the kids learn about locating inner-tube holes and repairing bicycling wheels before taking the bikes for a spin through Cooper Young.  Beno also shared a personal story about bike safety, telling kids how he was learning to ride a bike, he didn’t listen to his father’s instructions and was thrown over the handlebars, which gave him a scar on his chin that he still has.  Beno reminded the students to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Revolutions Memphis is dedicated to providing all Memphians—particularly the working poor of Memphis—with bicycles that function well and creating a place where people can acquire the tools and knowledge required to keep bicycles rolling, ultimately making a positive impact on the community one bicyclist at a time. | 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 National Mentoring Summit in DC Members of the Grizzlies Foundation will be attending MENTOR’s national summit this week and is one of the few opportunities for those engaged with mentoring to meet and discuss best practices. The summit begins with a special all day meeting Wednesday for programs engaged in the Quality Mentoring System (QMS) pilot program, of which the Grizzlies Foundation is an exclusive participant. This pilot program will provide the Grizzlies Foundation with assistance from Mass Mentors of Massachusetts, one of the first two programs to test QMS, guidance on improving mentoring programs with which the Grizzlies Foundation currently partners. Wednesday evening the summit starts in full swing with a banquet at the Library of Congress. Thursday the delegates get to work by attending a number of mentor-related workshops. Workshops for the summit include, but are not limited to the following: Effective Mentoring in the Age of Social Media Using Advocacy as a Means for Obtaining Funding and Partnerships Developing a Data Structure to Demonstrate Mentoring Impact The Toolkit for Inner City and Urban Youth Mentoring Match Making and Retention And many more! Special celebrity speakers at the summit include South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, NBC Meet the Press moderator David Gregory and baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr. | January 27, 2014 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Presidential Proclamation—National Mentoring Month, 2014 In every corner of our Nation, mentors push our next generation to shape their ambitions, set a positive course, and achieve their boundless potential. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate everyone who teaches, inspires, and guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams. Mentors help children build confidence, gain knowledge, and develop the strength of character to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. They are relatives, teachers, coaches, ministers, and neighbors. Anyone can be a mentor, and every child should have the chance to be a mentee. Young people with mentors have better attendance in school, higher self-esteem, a greater chance of pursuing higher education, and a reduced risk of substance abuse. That is why my Administration is creating new opportunities to give back—from expanding national service, promoting responsible fatherhood, and challenging businesses to grow their mentoring activities, to First Lady Michelle Obama’s mentoring initiative, which pairs local high school girls with powerful role models. For more information on how to get involved in a mentoring program, visit America is at its best when we lift each other up, when we pursue our individual goals while never forgetting that we are bound as one Nation and as one people. If we carry this spirit forward, if we take responsibility for our future leaders and give them the tools to succeed, America’s best days will always lie ahead. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2014 as National Mentoring Month. I call upon public officials, business and community leaders, educators, and Americans across the country to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth. BARACK OBAMA | January 2, 2014 Blog, 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Charvis Brewer drafted by the Grizzlies Sunday as part of Make A Wish Charvis Brewer, 8, had a wish to be drafted by an NBA team, and not just any team-his favorite team, the Memphis Grizzlies. On December 29, his wish came true when he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies and in so doing became the youngest player ever drafted by an NBA team. Mike Conley presented him with a jersey before he joined the team at practice at FedExForum. Charvis received a tour of the locker room and then was given honorary coaching duties after being presented a whistle by Coach David Joerger and Zach Randolph. Charvis boasted an impressive knowledge of the team and made his own calls as to who should play where, what substitutions should be made and what plays to run. Charvis will attend his first game - Grizzlies vs. Bulls on December 30, 2013. #MakeAWish #GrizzNation You can see the photo gallery of Charvis’ visit, and read several news stories here: Yahoo! Sports WMCTV MyFoxMemphis | December 29, 2013 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Zach Randolph and Tony Allen provide gift cards to youth As part of the Grizzlies Season of Giving, Tony Allen and Zach Randolph showed once again that they are #AllHeart as the spirit of the season moved them to take 200 Memphis-area Boys and Girls Club participants on a shopping spree at Wal-Mart SuperCenter on December 16, 2013. Allen and Randolph’s contributions – combined with donations from the Memphis Grizzlies and the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation – enabled the children to participate and purchase needed household items, clothing and holiday gifts during the one-hour shopping spree. Each child that participated received a $100 gift card, thanks to the generosity of Allen, Randolph and the event’s partners. Randolph, now having hosted his fourth Holiday shopping spree, and Allen, hosting his second, tipped-off the night by talking to the children about their childhood experiences and visiting with them throughout the evening. The Memphis Grizzlies also provided transportation for the participants. This event continued the Memphis Grizzlies Season of Giving, which included Grizzlies players, coaches, family members and staff teaming with community partners to make a difference in the lives of children and families by hosting several charitable events throughout November and December. The Memphis-area Boys & Girls Clubs creates opportunities for children through after-school education. They serve more than 7,000 youth ages 6-18 each year by providing the fun experiences and critical guidance needed to build bright futures. Through a variety of academic and recreational programs, the Boys & Girls Clubs empowers members to make productive use of their time and wise decisions in their lives. | December 17, 2013 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Zach Randolph receives November Kia Community Assist Award Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph received the November Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable efforts and contributions in the community, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities. Kia Motors and the NBA are honoring Randolph for his continued dedication to helping underprivileged children and families in need. As a part of the NBA’s Season of Giving, Randolph distributed 900 Thanksgiving food baskets at Booker T. Washington High School and Hamilton High School in Memphis. At both events, select families received tickets from Randolph to attend an upcoming Grizzlies game. Randolph also donated 500 turkeys and 500 spiral hams to be given away to 1,000 people at the Clarence Faulkner Community Center in Marion, Ind. In addition to Thanksgiving meals, he contributed 300 winter coats to students at Memphis’ A.B. Hill Elementary. “I love to give back to kids in need and from single-parent homes because I was one of those kids growing up, so I feel as though I can relate,” said Randolph. “It’s a blessing for me to be able to help someone else.” Prior to tonight’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier and a Kia representative will present Randolph with the David Robinson Plaque during an oncourt ceremony. In addition, Kia and the NBA will donate $10,000 on Randolph’s behalf to the Boys and Girls Club of America. Randolph’s generous donations are a part of the leagues larger Season of Giving “NBA Give BIG” program that aims to encourage great work in the community during the holidays. This year the NBA launched its first-ever social media photo mosaic at to celebrate and inspire charitable efforts around the world. By using the hashtag #NBAGiveBIG on Twitter and Instagram, fans can join the teams, players and all members of the NBA family by sharing photos, videos and stories from their seasonal community projects. Kia Motors has been an NBA Cares partner since 2010. In addition to the monthly Kia Community Assist Awards, the league will present a final 2013-14 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award. To learn more, please log on to | December 13, 2013 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Grizzlies Foundation and Mike Conley host Holiday party for Team Mentors The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation hosted a special holiday event for the youth and mentors in the Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring Program in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum with a special surprise guest appearance from Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley. The event allowed the parents, mentors and mentees of KIPP Collegiate Middle School, The Soulsville Charter School and Power Center Academy Middle School to mix and mingle with Mike Conley, Grizz and the Grizz Girls. During the program, Conley addressed the crowd on the importance of being a mentor and how it has made a difference in his life. Youth and mentors enjoyed food, games and raffle drawings for special Grizzlies items. Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful mentors and scholars! | December 13, 2013 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Quincy Pondexter gives away hundreds of food baskets On Sunday, November 24th Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter provided and took part in distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to the New Directions Christian Church community (6120 Winchester Rd. Memphis 38115). As with the previous giveaways, the families were provided with information on healthy eating and refreshments were provided to families waiting in line. Despite it being a chilly day over 300 families showed up. Students from the Power Center Academy, employees of Huey’s and Bid League Movers volunteered their time to put the boxes together and carry them to vehicles. Thanks to all who came out to help, and Happy Thanksgiving from the Memphis Grizzlies! | November 26, 2013 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Grizz Grannies and Grandpas help MIFA distribute meals On November 20, members of the Grizz Grannies and Grandpas Dance Team distributed meals to homebound seniors across Memphis as part of MIFA’s Meals On Wheels program.  This program, with the help of up to 100 volunteers, provides 1,200 hot, nutritious lunches for homebound elderly and seniors at congregate sites each weekday.  Volunteers interested in delivering meals with MIFA can find more information by calling (901) 529-4513 or visiting | November 21, 2013 Blog, 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00 Zach Randolph gives back to the South Memphis community with holiday baskets Memphis Grizzlies’ forward Zach Randolph gave back to the community by donating and distributing holiday food baskets and tickets to the November 12 game against the Raptors to 450 families at Booker T. Washington High School for the Thanksgiving holiday as part of the Grizzlies’ Season of Giving on Tuesday, Nov. 12. View photos from the event. The food baskets included a feast of turkey, corn, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, green beans, cornbread and brownie mix. Randolph also provided information on how to have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. The Memphis Grizzlies will be spreading holiday cheer across the City of Memphis as they prepare to give thanks throughout the month of November. Grizzlies players, coaches, family members and staff team with community partners to make a difference in the lives of children and families by hosting several charitable events. | November 14, 2013 2014-04-04T19:20:20+00:00