Mike Conley Nominee for the 2015-16 Season-long NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente
For Mike Conley, giving back to the community is in equal part professional responsibility, personal mission and heart-felt passion. As the team leader on and off the court, MIKE has consistently stepped up and into his role as Community Ambassador, advocating on behalf of children and families in need. THIS SEASON, MIKE RAISED HIS HAND TO BE THE PUBLIC FACE OF SEVERAL NBA CARES PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT HIS FOCUS ON THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF MEMPHIS’ YOUTH. LISTED BELOW ARE SOME OF THE MAJOR PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT MIKE CONLEY WORKED WITH DURING THE 2015-2016 SEASON.
From July 24th-29th, Mike Conley participated in NBA Nation in China. Through this opportunity, Mike was able to share his love and knowledge of the game of basketball with thousands of fans on the other side of the world. Conley hosted NBA Fit clinics, basketball clinics, and participated in a NBA Cares wheelchair basketball event where he was taught how to play the game by the athletes in attendance. This unforgettable experience set the tone for how Mike would grow his impact this season in the community.
The 7th Annual Mike Conley Bowl 'n Bash
On Saturday September 26th, Mike Conley, with support of his teammates, hosted his 7th Annual Bowl 'N Bash event. The event, presented by City Auto, benefits the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. The center is among the most innovative in the country and is Memphis’ first dedicated emergency infusion unit specifically for adult Sickle Cell patients.
By taking part in the event, fans not only did their part in the fight against Sickle Cell Disease, they also got a chance to spend a fun-filled afternoon with Conley, his Grizzlies teammates, and other special guests. This year's event raised over $100,00 dollars.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES GUARD MIKE CONLEY HOSTED A SKILLS AND DRILLS BASKETBALL CLINIC OCTOBER 14, 2015 AT LESTER COMMUNITY CENTER FOR 50 KIDS FROM THE BINGHAMPTON COMMUNITY. THIS was MIKE'S inaugural EVENT AS THE GRIZZLIES JR. NBA AMBASSADOR. CONLEY SIGNED ON TO promote the game among the youngest fans BECAUSE OF HIS COMMITMENT TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE POWER OF SPORT. THIS SEASON, CONLEY HOSTED A SERIES OF CLINICS IN WHICH HE GAVE PARTICIPATING YOUTH BASKETBALLS, SHOES, AND OTHER EQUIPMENT TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE TOOLS AND CONFIDENCE TO PROPERLY ENGAGE IN THE GAME.
On NOVEMBER 28, 2015. Mike launched Shoe Up! IN THE GRIZZLIES’ BUILT FORD TOUGH PRACTICE FACILITY with an event for 100 KIDS FROM THE COMMUNITY. AFTER “SHOEING UP” WITH CONLEY, KIDS WERE JOINED BY THE GRIZZLIES ASSISTANT COACHES AND CONLEY FOR BASKETBALL CLINIC.
TO CELEBRATE NBA FIT WEEK, on January 29, 2016 MIKE HOSTED a second shoe up! event for 200 CHILDREN IN ARENA. FOR THIS EVENT, MIKE PARTNERED WITH SAMARITAN’S FEET, offering KIDS A RITUAL FEET CLEANSING IN ADVANCE OF RECEIVING NEW SHOES. because it was fit week, KIDS WERE ALSO ABLE TO RECEIVE A FREE HEALTH SCREENING FROM UT MEDICAL STUDENTS. ONCE SHOE’ED UP!, THE KIDS JOINED MIKE AND GRIZZFIT COACHES FOR A BASKETBALL CLINIC SHOWCASING FANCY FOOTWORK AND FITNESS TIPS, AMONG OTHER THINGS.
THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES, LED BY ST. JUDE AMBASSADOR MIKE CONLEY, extended the traditional nba HOOPS FOR ST. JUDE week for an entire month, campaigning THROUGHOUT MARCH AND APRIL to raise awareness and funds for the world class organization. MIKE TIPPED off THE“GRIZZ ASSISTS FOR ST. JUDE” CAMPAIGN WITH A GENEROUS PLEDGE OF $15 FOR EVERY ASSIST THAT THE GRIZZLIES ROSTER TALLIED DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. FANS were encouraged to OPT IN AND SET THEIR OWN PLEDGE AMOUNT to support the campaign.
on March 29th, 2016 Mike SURPRISED THE BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS FROM BELLEVUE MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH NEW UNDER ARMOUR SHOES AND the chance to learn a few new moves from the man himself. this shoe up! event was special: it was designed to reward the student-athletes of bellevue for their championship success and their commitment to academics - all team members made the honor role.
on April 10, 2016 Mike Conley led the exclusive Grizzlies VIP Hoop School, for the children of Grizzlies' Premium MVP season ticket holders. The children were taught the fundamentals of the game and got encouragement from Mike as he led them through drills to help them improve their skills.
MIKE CONLEY EPITOMIZES ALL OF THE VALUES WE STRIVE TO TEACH CHILDREN THROUGH BASKETBALL - WHY WE PLAY: DEDICATION, TEAMWORK, COMMITMENT, GENEROSITY AND HUMILITY. HE IS AN AUTHENTIC ROLE MODEL AND THAT MAKES HIM THE PERFECT PLAYER TO LEAD PROGRAMS TARGETING YOUNG PEOPLE.
Mike worked tirelessly this season, committing to sustained season-long community outreach and support. his effort and impact is second to none.