Friday, September 13, 2013

Talking with Tyreke Evans about charity and playing with the Pelicans

As he was in his hometown of Chester over the past week doing charity work with VSP vision, Tyreke Evans took a couple minutes to talk to me about the importance of giving back and playing as a Pelican.

A couple questions from my talk with Tyreke are below, but be sure to check out the full interview here.

Q: How did your partnership with VSP Vision begin?

A: "This is the fourth year I've worked with VSP. I got connected with them through a diabetes event and have been working with them every year since. We have always had a great relationship and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."   
 Ja'Quille Lolley, JL Photography

Q: A lot of players, once they make it to the professional level are content with just taking care of their immediate inner circle, or their "entourage." What does it mean for you to be able to give back to your hometown at large?

A: "It means a lot, especially to come back to the city that I came from. It's tough to make it out of there, and a lot of people don't. Me, I was able to make it out and make it to the NBA. I know in my city a lot of kids love sports and love basketball, so just to see their faces when I come out and talk to them [means a lot]. I think it's a good thing because they don't see too many NBA players or people like that, but it shows them that it is possible.

Q: Your new teammate Jrue Holiday is on record as saying that the name 'Pelicans' is kind of 'funny', what do you think about it?
A: "It is kind of funny. A lot of times when I hear someone say Pelicans we kind of laugh because it's new and we're still not used to hearing it yet. But hopefully we can start winning some games and then it won't be as funny."

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