Memphis Grizzlies in honor of Muggsy Bogues, Elvin Hayes and Allan Houston as part of the team’s 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game

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Memphis, Tenn. – On Monday, January 17th, the Memphis Grizzlies, the National Civil Rights Museum, the City of Memphis, and Shelby County are hosting the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game, presented by Ford and its Mid-South Ford dealerships. The MLK Celebration Game against the Chicago Bulls is going to be around 2:30 p.m. CT in a parallel show broadcast regionally on Bally Sports Southeast and nationally on TNT. Here you can find local channel lists. The Celebration Game concludes a collection of in-person and virtual events in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exits. Personal and virtual adjustments to the annual events include the FedEx Service Project, the Sports Legacy Award ceremony, the annual Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium, the National Civil Rights Museum discussion and the Coaches Forum. All events serve to continue the ongoing conversations with the Memphis community and youth of the Middle South notice, celebrate and law about Dr. King’s legacy. Sponsors of the MLK Celebration Game include FedEx, Verizon, and the Hyde Family Foundation.

Fans can visit grizzlies.com/MLK for a full listing of this year’s 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration events, as well as past symposiums and discussions from previous years.


The winners of the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award

Prize winners of the 17th Annual Sports Legacy Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, presented by Ford and its Mid-South Ford dealerships, with NBA sizes Muggsy Bogues, Elvin Hayes and Allan Houston. The honorees will be awarded on the day of the match Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium, presented by the Hyde Family Foundation.

Bogues competed with four teams during his 14-year NBA career, primarily as point guard for the Charlotte Hornets for the first 10 seasons of the franchise’s existence. The 5-foot-3 Bogues, the shortest player to ever play in the NBA, ranked in the league’s top 10 for six consecutive seasons from 1989-95, finishing second in the 1993-94 season. After his NBA career, he joined the WNBA coach as the head coach of the Charlotte Sting. He played for four years at Wake Forest University, where his # 14 jersey is retired. Bogues is the founder of the Muggsy Bogues Family Foundation, an organization created to create community-based outreach programs for families at risk, to meet basic needs and to provide scholarships to professionally committed students.

A member of the NBA 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams and induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Hayes played at the University of Houston, where he was one of the first black athletes in the men’s basketball program, and participated in “The Game of.” the Century, ”led the runner-up Cougars to a surprising win over Lew Alcindors UCLA Bruins, ending its 47-game winning streak at the Astrodome in Houston. Picked No. 1 overall by the Rockets in the 1968 NBA Draft, Hayes played 16 NBA seasons, won 12 NBA All-Star selections, and won the 1978 NBA Championship as a member of the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) . Born in Rayville, LA, retired in 1984 after playing an NBA record of 1,303 games and 50,000 minutes, he finished third in league history on both points (27,313) and rebounds (16,279) Place.

As a two-time NBA All-Star (2000 and 2001), Houston enjoyed a stellar 12-year NBA career that spanned two seasons of over 20 points with the New York Knicks, playing nine seasons after three with the Detroit Pistons. Houston, a key member of the 1999 Eastern Conference Championship team, took one of the most memorable shots in franchise history, running a one-hander with less than a second left to help New York get into its 1999 playoff series Miami to win in the first round. Houston was a member of the US gold medalized team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and was retired from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Currently Vice President of Player Leadership and Development at the Knicks, Houston founded and oversees the FISLL Project and the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation (AHLF) with an emphasis on promoting youth mentoring, responsible fatherhood and entrepreneurship. In 2011 he received the President’s Council on Service and Engagement Award from the Obama administration.

The symposium will be broadcast live on Bally Sports Southeast January 17th at 1 p.m. and will recognize Bogues, Hayes and Houston for their dedication and significant contributions – in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – for civil and human rights, recognizing the social justice movement and for laying the foundation for future leaders through their careers in sports.


Discussions and Community Impact

The multi-day event schedule begins on Wednesday January 12th, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service presented by FedEx. Volunteers from Grizzlies Connect, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis, and FedEx volunteers will join the Mid-South Food Bank to build a mobile food pantry to provide food boxes to 500 local families and organizations. Passage is by invitation only. In addition, the volunteers will pack bags of daily necessities with soap, lotion, hand sanitizer, masks and snacks that will benefit Living Grace Memphis. The 1,000 Grace bags will be sent to underserved and underrepresented homeless youth in Memphis.

Following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies (MMG) is celebrating National Mentoring Month by recognizing and honoring individuals, companies, and groups who have made exemplary youth work. The awards are given to the mentee of the year, the mentor of the year, the mentoring practitioner of the year, the business partnership of the year, the mentor advocate of the year and the MMG partner organization of the year. The winners will be announced during the National Mentoring Month Awards on. honored Wednesday, January 12th at 6 p.m., in the main lobby of the FedExForum.

In honor of the game in celebration of MLK’s 20th Annual Grizzlies Day, the Grizzlies are hosting Strengthen youth voices: drive the dream forward Spoken Word Contest presented by Verizon. The top three finalists will receive scholarship money and the winner will be featured in-game during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration game against the Chicago Bulls.

On Friday January 14th, the Memphis Grizzlies are hosting their annual MLK High School Classic presented by Nike. Holcomb and Neely High School boys and girls teams, both from Missouri, will compete in the main Grizzlies plaza and then play against the Mavericks that evening. Also on Friday the Martin Luther King Jr. NBA Coach Forum will take place in Design room in the FedExForum by 7-8.30 p.m. The program includes presentations by the Positive Coaching Alliance and a special guest panel. The forum, moderated by Grind City Media’s Mike Wallace, will discuss the use of sport to overcome prejudice. Local coaches and sports administrators of all levels can register for this free event at https://MemGrizzYouth.com/.

On Saturday, January 15th, the Grizzlies will host the Martin Luther King Jr. “Play Like The Pros” showcase presented by Nike. The all-day selection of youth basketball games takes place on the FedExForum and includes elementary and middle school teams from Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama of the Tennessee Valley Basketball Association.

The celebration continues when the Memphis Grizzlies and the National Civil Rights Museum go virtual The intersection of racing and sport, Premiere at 6 p.m. at grizzlies.com/MLK and the Memphis Grizzlies YouTube channel. The virtual discussion, moderated by Grind City Media’s Michael Wallace, with The Undefeated, focuses on issues affecting black athletes Marc Spears, Executive Director of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition James Cadogan and WNBA star A’yes Wilson. The virtual discussion will be opened by the Memphis Grizzlies Director of Player Support, former Grizzlies player and Grizzlies Prep mentor. contain Elliot Perry and President of the National Civil Rights Museum Russ Wigginton.

The series of events continues with the annual Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium presented by the Hyde Family Foundation 12 o’clock at the Grizzlies Built Ford Tough Training Facility in the FedExForum. The symposium, moderated by Grizzlies TV play-by-play announcers Pete Pranica, will present Bogues, Hayes and Houston who, in the spirit of Dr. King will share stories of their community work and experiences during their career in sport. The symposium will include opening remarks from the President of the National Civil Rights Museum Russ Wigginton. The symposium will be broadcast live on Bally Sports Southeast. Admission to the symposium is free with the purchase of a ticket for the game Grizzlies vs. Bulls, but places are limited. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies members will have information desks in the FedExForum to recruit mentors for their respective programs ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game against the Chicago Bulls. Under the motto “Driving the dream forward through mentoring”, the personnel fair will be active until the beginning of the third quarter and will be located on the plaza level.

The tip for the matchup Grizzlies vs. Bulls is here 2.30 with the National Civil Rights Museum Sporting Legacy Awards ceremony presented by Ford and your Ford dealerships in Mid-South before the game. Memphis Grizzlies Fellows and representatives from the National Civil Rights Museum will present the winners with the Sports Legacy Award prior to submission. In addition, Monday’s game will feature a special mid-term performance from Ford and your Ford dealerships in Mid-South with a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by the Grammy-nominated R&B artist bid Angie Stone, along with The Voice’s 2021 runner-up and the Memphis native, Wendy Moten. They are joined by special guests, including the Royal horns and the legendary Grammy nominated Hi-rhythm section and more.

turn on Monday 17th January at the 2.30 for the MLK Celebration Game against the Chicago Bulls in a side-by-side show broadcast regionally on Bally Sports Southeast, presented by FanDuel Sportsbook and nationally on TNT. Fans will want to tune in early 14 o’clock to see Grizzlies LIVE presented by Ford and your Ford dealers in the Mid South with Pete Pranica, Brevin Knight, Rob Fischer and Chris Vernon. Here you can find local channel lists.

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