Former Wildcat, DeAndre Liggins, is wasting no time doing good for his new Oklahoma City community. Last week Liggins and his Thunder teammate, Hollis Thompson, had the opportunity to read for elementary school children as part of the Thunder’s community outreach program. Nick Gallo, Thunder beat writer for NBA.com, was fortunate enough to cover the event and bring it to the masses.
The NBA duo read the children’s book “J is for Jumpshot,” a book that relates basketball happenings to a letter of the alphabet. After the event Liggins and Thompson were able to give each student in the classroom a copy of “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
But, it wasn’t just a special event for the kids, it was also meaningful to the teacher of the class, Chelsea Whithorn. Aferward she was quoted as saying the following.
“It is such a huge blessing for my kids and me. My class focuses a lot on coming to school to grow our brains and work hard and make our dreams come true. To have that role model and see someone who has made their dream come true, and tell them that you have to work hard, that’s so much more powerful than just me telling them that they have to work hard at school.”
“It has meant so much to me, and I think it will have lasting impacts on my kids,”