The Utah Jazz, and their community outreach program Jr. Jazz, have just announced that to no one's surprise, former NBA Dunk Champ / painter Jeremy Evans will be doing the rounds of remote and under served areas to teach basketball, play with young kids, and spread the Jazz brand this summer. He has done this each year he has been with the team, and this off-seasons trips mark half a decade of service. Ian Clark, on a non-guaranteed contract, will run the clinics on the third week of this summer.
SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2014) - The Utah Jazz announced today that forward Jeremy Evans and guard Ian Clark will take part in this summer's annual Junior Jazz road trip, which tips off on Monday, July 28. The three-week, 42-city event will reach more than 2,000 boys and girls and cover more than 4,000 miles across four states.
The 2014 edition of the Junior Jazz road trip marks the 30th straight year the Jazz has conducted the events, which feature Jazz players running hour-long basketball clinics for kids in participating Junior Jazz towns across Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho. Following each clinic, Evans and Clark will sign autographs and pose for pictures.
"Throughout the years, our players have been tremendous ambassadors for the Jazz with their participation in Junior Jazz clinics," said Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz president. "We appreciate the support of our surrounding communities and look forward to visiting the hometowns of these Junior Jazz players for an up-close basketball experience."
Week 1: July 28th to August 2th
Week 2: August 4th to August 9th
Week 3: August 11th to August 14th
Thank you to the Utah Jazz and Jr. Jazz for doing this every summer. It is a really neat thing that I don't think many (or any) other teams do. Thanks to the players for doing this. Thanks for the Jazz staffers who have to drive them around. And thanks to the cops who I hope never pull them over. Those time periods for each clinic look a little tight for some of the stops. I partly grew up in a very small, and remote location. Things like this were never even a possibility. But with the Utah Jazz they have gone out of their way every year to do something like this -- be it with Karl Malone, or Derrick Favors, or Dee Brown -- who did it without even being on contract. The Jazz fans love their Jazz. And it is so awesome to see that Jazz players love the fans too.
Few things in sports are as pure as this.
Great job Utah Jazz, and thanks again to Ian Clark, Jeremy Evans, and the rest of the staff who will be giving up part of their summer to serve the community that lives and dies by their every game.