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Sunday / July 5.
  • New York Jayhawks AAU Club Raises $15,000 for Food Pantries During Pandemic

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Hamidou Diallo spent part of his Sunday running the Jayhawks & Friends 5K race for a good cause sponsored by his old AAU program, the NY Jayhawks.

    After he ran in the hot weather, the former Kentucky and current Oklahoma City Thunder guard posted to his Instagram story, “I’m here couldn’t miss this one. Work done.”

    All told, the Jayhawks raised about $15,000 that will be used to support six food pantries in New York’s five boroughs as well as on Long Island during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We want to partner with restaurants and then go to pantries and feed these pantries over the course of a weekend,” said Jay David, the director of the Jayhawks and an assistant coach at Long Island Lutheran.

    David and the Jayhawks have already raised money to give food, masks and sneakers to front-line workers during the pandemic.

    David estimated that at least 50 people ran the 5K, including Diallo, Long Island Lutheran coach John Buck, EYBL directors Andy Borman of the NY Rens and Terrance “Munch” Williams of the PSA Cardinals and numerous players, including prospects Samson Johnson (2021) and Jaquan Harris (2022).

    “We had about 30 players and all of those players are Division 1 basketball players so we’re excited about it,” David said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.