Thu, Aug 16th 2012, 15:02
NBA Star JJ Redick is back in the Roanoke Valley raising money for local charities.
For many years, Redick has had star power in the Roanoke Valley. From his state championship to his rise at Duke and finally to the NBA.
Other than basketball, his other passion is giving back so much so that Redick and his wife started a foundation to corral the different programs he works with.
Last year alone, one of those events, the First Annual JJ Redick Celebrity Golf Tournament raised, more than $110,000.
“My career in basketball has been aided by so many people I thought it would only be appropriate if I gave myself and my time and hopefully some resources that I have to help others,” said Redick.
Money that went to the Child Health Investment Partnership and Children’s Miracle Network.
“CHiP and Children’s Miracle Network keep all the money locally so I think that’s important when people are playing in this golf tournament for them to realize that they are making a significant and tremendous impact on local children,” said Erin Hildreth with Children’s Miracle Network of the Roanoke Valley.
Coach Billy Hicks led Redick’s Cave Spring team to the championship 9 years ago. He isn’t surprised by the effort.
“That’s something, I think, that JJ learned from his parents early on… and he hasn’t forgotten where he came from,” said Hicks.
“I’ve learned throughout my life that when you are in the moment and working for the moment great things happen,” said Redick.
The JJ Redick Celebrity Golf Tournament will be at Ballyhack Country Club in Roanoke County August 18 with the foursome entry fee running between $5,000 and $7,500.
Redick also announced today that his foundation will be starting a scholarship fund for the Boys and Girls Club of the Roanoke Valley.