CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A professional basketball player from Hampton Roads helps make the vacation special for students at his old school.
Brooklyn Nets player Cam Thomas attended Portlock Elementary School in Chesapeake. On Thursday, 17 preschoolers received gifts from the NBA player to spread the holiday cheer.
“We are so blessed,” said school principal Heather Brusso.
Brusso says Thomas’s team and family contacted a few weeks ago to ask how they could give back to the students at Portlock.
“We arranged it where the teachers contacted the families about some of the things they wanted for the holidays and we put together a great list, emailed it to the team,” she said. declared. “In no time we received gifts. Our teachers wrapped them up and hid them for several days.
The students opened their gifts as Thomas virtually watched from New York.
Brusso says the act of charity means a lot to the students.
“I am so excited. We’re actually a Title I school. We have a very diverse population, but it’s one of those things that is an opportunity for these kids to get gifts that they maybe couldn’t get for them. holidays. The fact that he is able to give them to children really means a lot to them, ”she said.
The students weren’t the only ones excited about Thomas’s gifts and appearance.
Two of the teachers whose student received gifts also taught Thomas when he was dating Portlock.
“She said he was outside at age 3 playing basketball on a full-size hoop,” Brusso said of one of the teachers. “She still says today:” I remember going to play basketball with him when he was 3 years old. She is so proud of him. They both are. I’m proud of him and didn’t know him at the time. It is a wonderful opportunity.
While the students left with the gifts they wanted for Christmas, Brusso hopes that they will also leave with the memory of this gift in their hearts.
“He reaches out to his community to offer a little more joy and give back to children. I was really touched because how many people are doing this? I would have loved to have had this opportunity at 20 to do that. It’s not common. I think this is a great message for our kids one, make your dreams come true and two, even at the start of your career, to give back to your home country. Hope this is something they take with them every day, ”she said.
Thomas was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in July. The Nets faced the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night.
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