Arizona’s Deandre Ayton poses for a portrait before the NBA basketball draft lottery on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Chicago. He was the No.1 pick, selected by the Phoenix Suns. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
#By RENALDO DORSETT
#Tribune Sports Reporter
#Phoenix Suns centre Deandre Ayton joined a philanthropic effort to feed employees of the Talking Stick Resort Arena while it remains inactive due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
#Ayton collaborated with local Phoenix restaurant, Ocean 44, to donate dinner to the essential staff of the Suns’ home arena as they have continued to work through the pandemic.
#“I’m happy to support Ocean 44, one of my favourite restaurants, while sending a small token of appreciation to all the staff who are taking care of the arena until we can get back on the court,” Ayton said in a press release.
#Giving Tuesday is a community development initiative that began in 2012 and concentrated its recent efforts on assisting those in need during the pandemic.
#“We believe that generosity leads to greater civic participation and other pro-social behaviours. Our mission is to build a more just and generous world,” the organisation states on its website.
#“Giving Tuesday is a day when people around the world come together to give back. What started as a day in the US has quickly grown into a worldwide celebration of generosity and our shared capacity to give.
#“To date, Giving Tuesday activities have been tracked in nearly every country and territory, and over 60 of these countries are home to national Giving Tuesday movements of their own.”
#Ayton has previously worked with Ocean 44 in a philanthropic effort to benefit the Bahamas.
#In September, he hosted a charity dinner at Ocean 44 with full proceeds from the event donated to the UNICEF USA hurricane relief efforts.
#Several NBA players have contributed toward the aid of staff members in their respective home arenas since the league suspended the season in March.
#Among the most notable, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons, each committed $100,000 to assist staff at their respective arenas in the past.