CHARLOTTE - For the ninth consecutive year, former UNC All-America and Los Angeles Lakers two-time All-Star forward and Charlotte native Antawn Jamison will provide the 300 residents at the Men's Shelter of Charlotte with shoes during the holidays.
For the 13 years prior to 2003, former Charlotte Hornets owners George Shinn and the team had provided the men at the shelter with new shoes on Christmas Eve. Upon learning that the assistance would end because of the organization¹s relocation to New Orleans, Jamison decided to step in and continue to support the program.
Jamison has donated almost $30,000 to purchase close to 3,000 pairs of shoes for the Men's Shelter. For the past two years, he has partnered with Doug Morgan of Morgan's Shoes & Bootery of Gastonia to provide the shoes.
Jamison's family will join Doug Morgan and a host of volunteers to distribute and fit the men at the shelter with shoes this week.
"I look forward to executing this shoe project with the Men's Shelter during the holidays each year," says Jamison. "I only regret that I'm not able to be there in person to give out the shoes. I am very appreciative to Doug Morgan for stepping up to help provide shoes and support the ongoing efforts that the Shelter provides to these men."
Jamison was the consensus National Player of the Year at Carolina in 1998 and helped lead the Tar Heels to back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances in 1997 and '98.