Christmas Carnival for children from ex-NBA star Penny Hardaway

Penny-HardawayFormer NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, along with Memhis rapper Yo Gotti hosted the Third Annual Yo Gotti Christmas Carnival on December 22, WMC reported.

The event was hosted for children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, as well as winners from a Hot 107.1 Christmas wish list giveaway.

In previous years, Gotti went door to door distributing gifts to families throughout the area. But in 2014, he and Hardaway decided to collaborate and expand the event.

Hardaway spent 14 years in the NBA, appearing in 704 games (558 started), and is remembered for his playing days in Orlando Magic, alongside Shaquille O’Neal. In 1994, the Magic team led by Hardaway and O’Neal reached the NBA Finals.

Hardaway has also been a 4-time NBA All-Star. He averaged 15.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 5.0 apg in 33.7 minutes of playing time.

Although the event was closed to the public, an additional 100-150 children and families from the community lined up outside of sectioned off area of the parking lot, hours before the carnival was scheduled to begin.

In addition to toys, games and rides, children were also given clothing from Gotti’s music label CMG (Collective Music Group), treated to free haircuts from his personal barber, and danced the night away to a DJ playing the latest music.


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