Knicks’ Porzingis to Donate $500 Per Block to NY Rens AAU Program
(AP) — NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis is turning blocks into bucks.
The Knicks forward will donate $500 for each of his blocked shots for the rest of the season to the RENS, a not-for-profit youth basketball program that played on the Nike EYBL circuit.
Coached by Andy Borman, the Rens this summer featured Hamidou Diallo, who is considering college or the NBA in 2017, Jordan Nwora (Louisville), Jose Alvarado (Georgia Tech) and Jordan Tucker (uncommitted).
The RENS will use the donations from the “KrisStops” campaign for the Ben Jobe Educational and Scholarship Fund. It will help provide RENS participants with free tutoring, SAT prep and tuition money for students in third to eighth grades.
The 7-foot-3 Porzingis, who is averaging 1.2 blocks, will announce the initiative Saturday at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York. The program will begin with Sunday’s home game against Atlanta.
Jobe, the Knicks’ 83-year-old scout, won more than 530 games as a coach at seven black colleges and universities.
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