Patrick Ewing Amongst Stars to be Honoured by Memphis Grizzlies January 21, 2013 10:14
Today, the Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting their 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration Day, where they are set to honour Patrick Ewing for his contributions to civil and human rights.
Ewing will receive one of the Eighth Annual National Civil Sports Legacy Awards, along with fellow NBA legend, Elgin Baylor, and NFL Hall of Famer, Jim Brown.
Regarded as perhaps the best scoring centre of all time, Patrick Ewing, who was known in his college days as the Hoya Destroya, was picked first over all in the 1985 draft, by the New York Knicks.
His career with the Knicks was laced with achievements, as he became an 11-time All-Star, was named to the All-NBA First Team once, and six times to the All-NBA Second Team. He was a member of the 1992 Olympic 'Dream Team', and won 2 Olympic gold medals with the U.S. Mens Basketball Team. Ewing has since been named as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, and has a place in the NBA Hall of Fame.
The Grizzlies, however, are honouring Ewing for his achievements off the court. He is a passionate supporter of the Zo's Fund for Life Foundation, which was set up by another famous Knick, Alonzo Mourning, after he was diagnosed with kidney disease. Also, after losing his sister to breast cancer, Ewing also became a great supporter of breast cancer research, and in doing so, has given endlessly back to the community, and to those less fortunate than himself.
In terms of basketball, Ewing is also in constant support of initiatives to bring basketball to less fortunate children, and offers support to coaching schemes for that target group. As part of the Grizzlies celebrations today, Ewing will share stories of his experiences with civil and human rights, in-keeping with the spirit of Martin Luther King. After the talk, which will also feature Baylor and Brown, the Grizzlies will take on the Indiana Pacers at the FedEx Arena.