Amar’e Stoudemirewill honor his late brother, Hazell Stoudemire, Saturday night by inviting 30 children from their hometown of Lake Wales, Florida to watch the Knicks take on the Orlando Magic.
Stoudemire, who will be appearing in his third game of the season after having offseason knee surgery, is providing transportation and tickets and also plans to meet with the children after the game to talk about “smart life choices and getting an education,” according to a release.
Hazell Stoudemire passed away on Feb. 6, 2012 in a tragic car accident. “Big STAT,” as he was called, was a mentor to his younger brother throughout his life. This event date was selected because Hazell’s birthday was Jan. 4.
“I think of my brother and the knowledge he gave me every day,” Stoudemire said. “I hope by giving these children this unique experience, I will pay forward some of the positive impact Hazell made on me and my family.”
This experience is one of a few events Stoudemire has set up to honor his late brother by helping the community.
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