DeMatha supports graduate’s community outreach
By CHRIS McMANES — Hundreds of Prince George’s County residents will be enjoying Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to former DeMatha basketball star Jerami Grant.
His Saturday Nov. 23 “Thanksgiving Grant-ed” event at Peppermill Community Center in Landover, Md., was the third one his Hour Generation Foundation has sponsored. DeMatha varsity basketball players, coaches and managers packed 150 bags with a full Thanksgiving meal the night before.
On Saturday, several DeMatha juniors, seniors and staff members helped distribute the food. Members of the Stags baseball team have participated in past years.
Mike Jones, entering his 18th year as DeMatha basketball coach, said the experience teaches students valuable life lessons.
“When you have young men who are growing up and trying to learn how to be proper, be gentlemen, be scholars, be faith-filled – [values] our school stands by – this is something that definitely contributes to that,” Jones said. “… There’s no price you can put on it.”
Grant, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, gets plenty of help from his mother, Beverly; his youngest brother, Jaelin; and several volunteers. His aunt, Gail Taylor, and her husband, Eugene, flew in from St. Louis.
Jerami is one of Harvey and Beverly Grant’s four sons. They grew up in Bowie and graduated from DeMatha. Jerami finished in 2012 before attending Syracuse University.
“His mission, his vision, his contribution back to the community is something that we will always support,” Jones said. “We could not be more proud of him for doing something like this and for allowing us to be a part of his giving back.”
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