AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- For the second year in a row, the Pistons conducted a charity telethon during a home game. After raising more than $412,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2008, this year's event raised more than $440,000 for Feed The Children, which will use the money to help Michigan family in need.
Fans in the arena were urged to give at every break in the game's action -- and from his spot on the visiting team's bench, Quentin Richardson got the message. Despite the fact that his team was in the middle of a game, Richardson had a team employee fetch a donation form so he could cut a check for a cool grand at halftime.
This isn't the case of a professional athlete grandstanding for attention -- I learned of his donation through casual conversation with a Pistons employee, and when I asked Richardson about it after the game, I got the vibe he was surprised anyone had found out what he did. As he explained, though, the cause hit close to home.
"I worked with Feed The Children before, and I'm from a situation where my family wasn't rich or anything growing up," he said. "I know how much it means. And I know that I wasn't put in this position of wealth and money and all of that just for my family and myself, so whenever I get the opportunity I always try to help other people whichever way I can."
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