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Green Bay Packer Aaron Jones gives new basketball shoes to Burges girls team

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(BURGES HIGH SCHOOL – Jan. 12,2022) –– Green Bay Packer Aaron Jones surprised the Burges varsity girls’ basketball team with new purple Adidas basketball shoes for game day and practice.

“We’re grateful,” said shooting guard Michee Corben said. “I think we needed a lot of motivation this year. It’s a great gesture and we really appreciate it.”

The top ranked 5A team in the city and 13th ranked in the state dedicated their season to Jones’ dad Alvin Jones Sr., who passed away last year. Every home game, the team sports a long-sleeved t-shirt with a basketball shaped into a heart and Mr. Jones’ name on the back.

“Both of his sons came here, and he was always supportive of the Burges community,” Corben said. “Even after his sons graduated, he would still come to support the boys’ programs and the girls’ programs in football and basketball.”

Basketball coach Cynthia Hernandez helped coordinate the surprise for her team, which also included purple Adidas backpacks for the junior varsity girls.

“It means everything to the girls,” she said. “They told me that they are much more comfortable than the shoes they were wearing. It really brings a smile to their faces, makes them feel special.”

Story by Reneé de Santos
Photos by Leonel Monroy, Jr.