On Friday night, May 14, 2009, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose will honor basketball great Alonzo Mourning with its 10th annual Legacy for Children Award. The man who was the heart and soul of the Miami Heat has been a champion for children for more than a decade.
In 1997, Alonzo Mourning Charities hosted the first ZO’S SUMMER GROOVE, raising $200,000 for local charities in South Florida. It has grown into an annual community event that focuses on giving promising at-risk youth the opportunity to excel.
The seven-time NBA All-Star has overcome personal challenges. In 2000, after winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA, Mr. Mourning was diagnosed with a rare degenerative kidney disease. After undergoing a kidney transplant, Mr. Mourning made a dramatic professional comeback, going on to help the Miami Heat win the national championship in 2006.
The 6’10” center has a degree in sociology from Georgetown University. His wife and partner, Tracy Wilson Mourning, attended Howard University thanks to the generosity of actor, author and comedian Bill Cosby.
In a 2007 interview, Mr. Mourning said, “I don’t want to be remembered just as someone who ran up and down the court and played basketball. There are many more parts to my life than that.”
“We both realize that we’re all connected in so many different ways,” said Tracy Mourning. “You help children because there’s a need and a purpose behind it.”
San Jose museum honors former NBA star Alonzo Mourning for his charity [San Jose Mercury News; May 10, 2009]
Alonzo Mourning and Tracy Wilson-Mourning: Champions for Children [The Children’s Trust]