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Local NBA player Jarred Vanderbilt returns with a backpack giveaway

Utah Jazz forward and former local hoops standout Jarred Vanderbilt is spending part of his summer preparing for his season in Houston.

Vanderbilt has hosted several community events in the city, including Saturday’s backpack giveaway at Marian Park, as part of its Jarred Vanderbilt Foundation.

Vanderbilt and its foundation gave away 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to children. Kids and families were also able to pick up pizza, barbecue and fresh produce.

In addition, Vanderbilt provided a bounce house and barber station.

“Growing up, I didn’t really have that opportunity to go to an NBA player’s event and get free supplies and free food,” Vanderbilt said. “That’s what it’s all about. I grew up in a low-income inner-city neighborhood, so to see these kids get free supplies and free food, I want to send these kids to school the right way.”

Vanderbilt also recently hosted a free basketball camp for about 100 kids and invited teammate and Utah Jazz player Jordan Clarkson to interact with the kids.


This is the second year that Vanderbilt has hosted the backpack giveaway and the third year that Vanderbilt has hosted its camp.

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