Stackhouse, Tar Heels team up for Thanksgiving

Detroit Piston and NBA All-Star guard Jerry Stackhouse and the University of North Carolina men's basketball team are joining forces to help those less fortunate at Thanksgiving.

Chapel Hill-- Stackhouse, an All-America at Carolina in 1995, has purchased turkeys for the Tar Heels to distribute around Chapel Hill on Sunday, November 18. The student-athletes will travel to the Ronald McDonald House and IFC Homeless Shelter, among other places, to distribute the turkeys.

Stackhouse entered the 1995 NBA Draft after his sophomore year at UNC. He earned his undergraduate degree over the next four summers and was graduated from the University in December of 1999.

Stackhouse is also sponsoring a Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration in his hometown of Kinston, N.C., on November 21. The event will be in the dining hall of St. Peters Disciples of Christ church and will provide dinner for 100 underprivileged people in and around Kinston.

"Jerry Stackhouse is a credit to this University," says Carolina head coach Matt Doherty. "Most people just see his phenomenal basketball skills, but Jerry is a role model for academics and for community involvement. He demonstrated the value of a college degree by coming back to school and working for his diploma. His good works make a significant impact on communities here in North Carolina and in Detroit. We're very proud of him."

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