Phoenix Suns guard Jason Richardson was back home in Saginaw, Mich., working on his game, his golf game that is. The Suns guard and Saginaw native enjoyed giving back to his community during a three-day event, July 22-24, which included a golf tournament, family food donations, and a motivational speaking event for both boys and girls.
The sixth annual golf tournament funded by Richardson, which he has dubbed the Jason Richardson Golf Classic, drew 124 golfers and all of the proceeds went to the United Way of Saginaw County. On Thursday Richardson teamed up with Parishioners on Patrol and the Northeast Neighborhood Association of Saginaw to distribute food to 1,000 families at a local park. About 4,000 people showed up to the event to collect the 25-pound food boxes that were being given out. On Friday, boys and girls ages 12 and up were invited to Jason’s “Focus on the Family Conference” that took place at Saginaw Valley State University.
For his contributions, Richardson is a finalist for the NBA’s Jefferson Award, given to a player for his philanthropic activities. Suns teammate Steve Nash is also a finalist.