Grizz Renew Commitment to St. Jude

By Don Wade

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

The commitment cements a longstanding partnership between the Grizzlies and St. Jude. The Grizzlies regularly host St. Jude patient families at games and events, and their coaches and players frequently visit the St. Jude campus to provide patients a distraction from the rigors of treatment. The team serves as the NBA host and its players are prominent ambassadors within the NBA’s league-wide “Hoops for St. Jude Week,” which raises awareness and funds for the hospital each spring.

“Memphis and St. Jude are fortunate to have a marquee sports franchise like the Memphis Grizzlies that attracts national attention to our city and to our lifesaving mission, and is such a positive force in our community,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The Grizzlies have been a true partner to St. Jude, supporting us in ways well beyond their generous financial contributions. The awareness they’ve helped bring to our mission is invaluable, and we are grateful for their incredible partnership.”

To celebrate the Grizzlies’ extension of the longstanding commitment, St. Jude is naming the basketball court adjacent to the newly-named Tri-Delta Place in honor of the team. Plans also include refreshing and adding permanent signage to the court.