EAST POINT, Ga. (CBS46) – The College Park Skyhawks basketball team is giving back this holiday season.
The team spent the day Saturday wrapping presents, writing Christmas cards, and delivering food to local, low-income families on the city's Southside in collaboration with NBA Cares to benefit local non-profit Reaching Out 4 You.
The team collected the donations through canned food drives held in November and early December during Skyhawks home games.
Skyhawks shooting guard Jordan Sibert said the team appreciates the opportunity to be in Atlanta playing on team.
“[We] just want to give back to the community and show that we appreciate everything they do for us,” he said.
“This was a special experience for my teammates and I,” Skyhawks guard Brandon Goodwin said. “It’s important that we’re able to give back and make a difference for people who may not be able to go out and purchase gifts and food otherwise, especially around the holidays.”
Reaching Out 4 You was founded by Atlanta native Jemika Bryant in 2014 when she saw the need for resources for low-income families and individuals. The non-profit provides food and necessities, job resources and education, and addiction prevention services.
“Having the team here today was really helpful,” Bryant said. “We accomplished a lot together for local families and I can’t wait for the people we serve to see the holiday bags and the cards. We want to continue working together in the future.”
For more information about Reaching Out 4 You, click here.
The Skyhawks are the G-league affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks. Click here to view the schedule. All home games are broadcast only on PeachtreeTV.