Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is already well known for shooting the lights out, but he flipped the usual story on its head yesterday, helping to keep the lights ON for more than 100 vulnerable families in the Grizzlies' home town. His donation of $20,000 made to the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) will go directly to one of the initiative's programs designed specifically to cover the cost of utilities for families on the verge of service disruption in Memphis.
Randolph, who's been contributing to MIFA annually for the last seven years, took it one step further this year and surprised two families who will benefit directly from his contribution. Cameras were on hand to catch the reactions:
Randolph, who has been with the Grizzlies since the 2009 season, is no stranger to using his high profile to bring attention to the charitable causes he supports. He has taken part in everything from school coat drives to local basketball tournaments and block parties. Z-Bo is a two-time NBA All-Star on the court, but to many - and definitely the families who will get the opportunity to turn the lights off before bed tonight - he's a lifetime All-Star off of it!