Jamison fills void left by Hornets

Charlotte, N.C.--Tuesday December 23, 2003 ­ 2:00 pm ET: For the second consecutive year, Charlotte native and NBA superstar Antawn Jamison is helping fill the void left in Charlotte by George Shinn and the Hornets.

Prior to last year, New Orleans Hornets Owner George Shinn and members of the Hornets front office staff and their families spent Christmas Eve afternoon fitting and providing shoes for homeless men at the Uptown Men's Shelter on North Tryon Street in Charlotte. When Shinn and the Hornets moved to New Orleans, the shoe program seemed destined to become a thing of the past. Then Jamison, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks, decided to step in.

"It hurt me to think that there are people in my hometown who are cold and sad at Christmas time," said Jamison. "I had heard about George Shinn and the Hornets' Christmas Shoe Program and wondered what would become of it when they left. When I found out that it would not continue without someone else's support, it wasn't a hard decision for me to step in and help out. I wish that I could have been there last year to pass the shoes out to the guys myself but my NBA schedule wouldn¹t permit it."

Jamison's Public Relations Manager, Livis Freeman, stood in on his behalf last year to help distribute the shoes. "Unfortunately, I will again be unable to attend the event," says Jamison. "However, my parents will be there this year to help out in my place. They are the ones who have always taught me the importance of giving back."

The shoe program is part of Jamison¹s ongoing "A Better Tomorrow" community service campaign launched last November to implement service projects in Charlotte that encourage academic success and assist citizens who are less fortunate. Antawn received the NBA¹s Community Assist Award in August 2003 for his efforts to better his community. For more information, contact Adam Barrington from the Shelter at (704) 334-3187 ext. 111.

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