The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club joined Second Helpings Atlanta on Tuesday, November 20, and rescued surplus, restaurant-quality food from State Farm Arena and delivered it to people in need in time for Thanksgiving. These events were part of the Hawks organization’s pledge to complete 50 acts of service to affect 50,000 lives, and celebrate the team’s 50 years in Atlanta.
In the late afternoon, Hawks players, Jeremy Lin and John Collins, delivered food and spoke to youth and seniors at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) while staff members participated in a special volunteer project. CPACS is one of the only organizations of its kind in the region and serves the Asian American community, authentically embracing the rich cultural practices and traditions.
Additionally, Hawks players, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Dorsey, and Kevin Huerter, brought food to the site of one of the club’s renovated community courts at the At-PromiseYouth Center. The At-Promise Youth Center is located on the Westside of Atlanta and is committed to changing the root causes of crime rather than placing children and young adults in the juvenile justice system.
Their teammates, Justin Anderson and Alex Len, took meals to the Veterans Empowerment Organization. VEO is a non-profit organization that works to serve homeless veterans in the Atlanta Metropolitan area by providing housing options, meals, mental health counseling, workforce development and more.
Checkout this video of the Hawks in action with SHA on November 20: