A few big time basketball players from the Memphis Grizzlies stopped by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis last Thursday for tea time with children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
(Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies decorates cookies during a visit with children on March 15, 2012 at Memphis Grizzlies House - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
As a tip-off to Hoops for St. Jude Week (March 26-30), these children and their families were afforded the opportunity to meet Grizzlies’ players Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, Quincy Pondexter, Dante Cunningham and Hamed Haddadi while the players served them tea and cookies.
While Pondexter, Cunningham and Haddadi decorated cookies with blue and yellow icing for the kids in the main party room, Hoops for St. Jude Ambassadors Gay and Gasol hosted their own gatherings in a room across the hall. Complete with chef’s hat and apron, Gay decorated cookies and joked with several kids, while Gasol joined a group of young girls for a tea party complete with cookies and imaginary tea.
The tea party was just “one aspect of Hoops for St. Jude, a league-wide fundraising and awareness initiative that encourages players, teams and fans to turn their passion for basketball into hope for children battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude,” Lanier added.