Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker loves to surprise people, especially when he gives away $ 2.5 million in grants as part of his Devin Booker Starting Five program.
After the Suns’ preseason game with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Booker may have reached a new level of excitement when the Arizona-Cactus Pine Council Girl Scouts unexpectedly met their favorite player and then gifted him 100. $ 000.
The Girl Scouts were initially thrilled with the invitation to attend Game 2 of the WNBA Finals between the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky at the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix. They had no idea what to expect.
The Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Girl Scouts consist of more than 20,000 from over 90 communities, including Indian reservations and military installations over 75,000 miles in central and northern Arizona.
The $ 100,000 grant officially announces the 2021-22 class of the Devin Booker Starting Five – a $ 2.5 million pledge made by Booker in 2019 to award $ 100,000 each to five nonprofits every five seasons years. Other nonprofits in this year’s class will be announced soon.
The Devin Booker Starting Five transformative funds will help Girl Scouts and others replace their minibuses needed to transport young people to and from educational and character-building activities and experiences. Due to vandalism and theft, the association does not have a functioning vehicle to support the Girl Scouts served in the state of Arizona.
For Christina Spicer, deputy director of Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, the funds couldn’t have come at a better time as the nonprofit returns to in-person camps and day trips.
“The Devin Booker Starting Five grant will provide an incredible resource for our daughters,” said Spicer. “Having our bus needs fully funded will give our daughters more access to Girl Scouting and will be a huge gift for us. For Book to support our daughters and stand up for women and girls is a huge gift. “
Booker has excelled on the Suns field for the past six seasons, becoming a two-time All-Star and leading his team through an exciting run to the NBA Finals for the first time in his career. But just as important to the City of Phoenix was his dedication off the pitch. For the past few years, Booker has given The Valley youth on holiday shopping sprees, pledged more than $ 100,000 to Phoenix Suns Charities in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and is a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics promoting inclusion through sport, especially opportunities involving basketball