Kemba Supporting Fundraiser

The NBA lockout is over and former Connecticut star Kemba Walker is preparing for his first season as a pro. But before his vacation in Connecticut ends, Walker has announced his involvement with a very worthwhile fundraiser.

Here is the press release that was sent out Tuesday:

Watertown, Conn. – Before UConn Huskies great Kemba Walker, who helped lead his team to a 2011 NCAA National Championship, begins his inaugural NBA training camp, he's making sure to give back to his college community first. As part of his participation in Shaker Family Ford Lincoln's Winter Wonderland, anybody who visits the dealership and makes a $10 donation to benefit the local Anderson Boys' Club and The Tammy Pillis Foundation will be eligible to win a number of exclusive Walker-related prizes. Donations will be accepted from now until April 30 at Shaker, 831 Straits Turnpike, Watertown.

Prizes include:

• Autographed 8x10 photo of Walker

• Opportunity to play Walker in a private game of horse (to be fulfilled following the 2011-2012 NBA season).

• Two tickets to see Walker play the Celtics in Boston and the chance to meet him post-game.

• Two tickets to see Walker play the Knicks in New York and the chance to meet him post-game.

• Autographed Under Armour sneakers

• Autographed basketball

"We are so proud to be teaming up with Kemba on this tremendous initiative," said Corey Shaker, owner of Shaker Family Ford Lincoln. "We appreciate his assistance in helping us help two local and deserving organizations, especially during the holiday season. He is truly a hero in our Connecticut community."

"While I am heading off to the NBA, UCONN and the surrounding communities will always have a special place in my heart," said Walker. "I am grateful that I am able to participate in this fundraiser and encourage the community to come out and help those who need our support."

ABOUT KEMBA WALKER

One of college basketball's biggest stars, Kemba Walker made the leap to the NBA after leading the underdog UCONN Huskies to the 2011 National Championship. Walker's big shot prowess was on display throughout March Madness as the point guard drove Connecticut to the title. He brings that game to Charlotte after being selected by the Bobcats with the ninth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Walker stands at 6'1", but possesses one of the biggest hearts in hoops. Raised in the Bronx, he crafted his game on the courts of New York City and has developed his game ever since. Walker picked up numerous honors at UCONN, including 2011 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, 2011 Bob Cousy Award for nation's best point guard, 2011 USBWA District I Player of the Year, and many, many more.

ABOUT SHAKER FAMILY FORD LINCOLN

Shaker Family Ford Lincoln is owned by the Shaker Auto Group, a family-run business for over 80 years and three generations. Family Ford was previously located in Waterbury, Conn., but moved to Watertown, Conn., to join forces with its Lincoln dealership, combining to create Shaker Family Ford Lincoln.

ABOUT ANDERSON BOYS' CLUB

?The Anderson Boys' Club in Waterbury, Conn. is a safe place to learn and grow. Its mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

ABOUT THE TAMMY PILLIS FOUNDATION

The Tammy Pillis Foundation was created to assist the family of Tammy Pillis, who passed away in 2011 just 10 days after learning she had an aggressive form of cancer. She was the only breadwinner in the family, as her husband has been laid off for more than two years. Tammy leaves behind two teenage sons, both talented student-athletes at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury.


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