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Thanksgiving with the Tar Heels
In November 2002, Antawn joined his fellow UNC Alum Jerry Stackhouse to purchase turkeys and other Thanksgiving dinner items for the UNC Men’s Basketball team to distribute to the Ronald McDonald House and Inter Faith Council Shelter in Chapel Hill. This began an annual tradition that continued on in November 2003, as Antawn again joined Stackhouse in purchasing Thanksgiving supplies for the UNC Men’s Basketball team to distribute. UNC Coach Roy Williams, the players and the other members of the coaching staff delivered the supplies, signed autographs and gave out team posters.
November 2004, Antawn and Stackhouse were joined by fellow Alum Brendan Haywood in purchasing Thanksgiving supplies (14 turkeys, numerous bags of stuffing, cans of cranberry sauce and green beans) for the future 2005 National Champion UNC Men's basketball team to distribute to the Ronald McDonald House and IFC Homeless Shelter.
In November 2005, Antawn again joined Stackhouse and Haywood to give back at Thanksgiving. This time, the trio joined forces to purchase 100 gift bags and Thanksgiving supplies for the UNC Men's basketball team to deliver to the North Carolina Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and IFC Homeless Shelter. The trio went on to duplicate their generosity in November of 2006 as they again purchased 100 gift bags and Thanksgiving supplies for the team to distribute to the same three places.
Shoes for the Charlotte Men's Shelter at Christmas
Antawn truly kicked off his "A Better Tomorrow" campaign by helping bring the holidays to a homeless men’s shelter in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. For the previous 13 years, Hornets owner 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 organization’s relocation to New Orleans, Antawn decided to step in and sponsor the program by purchasing over $4,000 worth of shoes. On December 23, the residents of the Uptown Men’s Shelter/George Shinn Center were fitted with their new shoes.
The shoe project has become one of Antawn’s favorite projects as he's purchased shoes for the shelter from 2003 through 2015. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Antawn partnered with national non-profit Soles4Souls to provide shoes for the Uptown Shelter. Soles4Souls provided over 750 pairs of shoes for the Uptown Shelter on Antawn's behalf! In 2011 and 2012 Antawn completely funded the project again. In 2014 and 2015, Antawn partnered with Adidas to fund the project.
Antawn has spent over $40,000 providing over 5,000 pairs of shoes to the men at the Uptown Shelter to date.
The Christmas Explorer's Project
On December 22, 2003, Antawn helped sponsor a program with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Explorer program that provided Christmas packages for about 650 needy families. The packages, which were delivered to the families by the Police, Fire Dept. and various volunteers, contained food, bicycles, gifts and flowers. The Police Explorer Program had executed this project for 29 years, but found trouble in receiving funding for that year. After being informed of the problems with donations, Antawn gave approximately $5,500 to fund over half of the project. Antawn has continued his support with the Explorers Project by giving donations in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. To date, he has donated over $80,000 and helped over 12,000 families in need.
March Madness with Right Moves For Youth
On March 20, 2004, Antawn teamed up with Right Moves For Youth, a Charlotte non-profit agency dedicated to reducing school dropout rates, juvenile truancy, delinquency and violence in Mecklenburg County. This was done to provide a March Madness Basketball, Cheerleading and Step tournament to reward and recognize club members who have shown marked improvement in their school attendance or maintained less than a 10 percent absenteeism rate throughout the school year. Antawn provided $3,500 to support this program. March Madness continues to grow each year and Antawn continues to support and fund it. He funded it again in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He’s donated over $50,000 for the program to date.
The Antawn C Jamison Scholarship
In 2003, Antawn established the “Antawn C. Jamison Scholarship” at Providence High School. The need-based scholarship is given to two student athletes (one male and one female) who display good citizenship and are in good academic standing. The total amount of each scholarship is $4,000. The recipients will collect $1,000 each year that they enroll in college for a total of four years. The Principal, Athletic Director, and coaches of the basketball teams make up the scholarship selection committee. Thirty-two scholarships have been awarded for a total amount of $96,500 to date. The names of the winners are: 2003 - Chase Laws, Ashley Jefferson;2004 - Quentin Martin, Jasmine Morris; 2005 - Brendan Brokaw, Allison Mashburn; 2006 - Melissa Larmore, Shane Small, Ryan Semeniuk;2007 - Mark Greene, Courtney May; 2008 - Bonnie Adams, Thomas Berlacker, Lamar Bradbury; 2009 - Casi Johnson and Luke Campolieta; 2010 - Michael Avery, Briana Lynn Chartrand; 2011 - Tim Hetherington, Robby Van Lanen and Brianna Ellis, 2012 - Alyson King, Tyler Edwards and Jason Murray; 2013 - Chris Rieger, Casey Rieger; 2014 - Jeff Bennett, Gabriela Aleman; 2015 - Gray Taylor, Michaela Daniels; 2016 - Grady Moore, Mariza Brooks.
After Antawn was traded from Golden State to Dallas, his desire to give back didn't diminish. During Nov. 17-25, 2003, Antawn gave $10,000 to match teammates Michael Finley and Antoine Walker’s donations for Finley’s Buckets for Hunger Thanksgiving Challenge benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. As a result of donations from the Mavs and fans, $109,697.70 was raised. This is equivalent to over 750,000 pounds or approximately 20 tractor-trailers of food to feed North Texas families.
The Pastor’s House
On July 9, 2003, Antawn discovered a family (Suzette and Samuel Scott) who were desperately trying to raise money to have the second half of the Habitat House built. A typical Habitat home costs about $48,000 to erect, however the Scott’s home, which was dubbed “The Pastor’s House” because several different churches and individuals were involved in donating and building the structure, had only raised about $20,000. Builders had to stop working on the house numerous times because of lack of funds, which they attributed to the poor economy. Antawn went to the Scott’s new home and personally presented them with a check for $20,000 to fully fund the second half of their house.
Extra Effort Awards
In May 2003, Antawn began a program with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system that rewarded about 200 students in six schools for their dedication and hard work. “Antawn’s Extra Effort Awards” was a pilot program that focused on middle and high school students. The schools involved in the program were: Providence High, Olympic High, Garinger High, Marie G. Davis Middle, Eastway Middle and Kennedy Middle. Antawn rewarded all recipients with pizza parties, autographed certificates and recognition on his website.
In May 2004, Antawn again sponsored his Extra Effort Awards in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system for the second consecutive year. He rewarded over 350 kids from the 14 Equity Plus Middle Schools in Charlotte for their hard work and dedication in and out of the classroom throughout the year. All recipients were given pizza parties, autographed certificates and recognition on his website.
STANDUP FOR KIDS
Even though Antawn was traded to the Washington Wizards before the 2004-2005 season, he has continued to give back to the community. Before the season started, he decided to donate two dollars to the STANDUP FOR KIDS Organization for every point he scored during the season. His donation was used for the organization’s new program to help homeless and street kids get an education.
Antawn showed that he cares and encouraged companies and individuals to do the same by pledging to donate some amount for his season ending point total to STANDUP FOR KIDS as well. “Everyone deserves the chance to get a high school diploma that will help them get a job and support themselves,” adds Antawn. Antawn’s total donation was more than $3,000.
Time-Out Roundtable Discussions with the Wizards
During the summer of 2005, Antawn took a vacation from basketball but not from making an impact in the lives of DC youth. In conjunction with the Washington Wizards, Antawn hosted three “Time-Out” Roundtable discussions with students in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan community.
First, he traveled to the Collegiate Academy at Carter G. Woodson High School in Northeast DC and was accompanied by NDC 4 Sports Director George Michael. Next he traveled to the Duval Senior High School in Lanham, Md. and was accompanied by CBS 9 Sports Reporter Joyce Jackson. Last but not least, he was joined by two-time Emmy Award winner James Brown at Mount Vernon Senior High School in Alexandria, Va.
Bill of Rights Institute
In September 2008, Antawn partnered with the Bill of Rights Institute (a Virginia based non-profit) to inspire students to participate in their annual "Being an American" essay contest. He served as a spokesperson for the 2008-2009 contest across the country. He also starred in audio and video public service announcements (PSA) to help promote the contest to high school students.
“It’s important for kids to think about what being a good citizen means to them – what being an American means to them. For me, it’s about making our communities better places to live and work,” says Jamison. “I hope that the essay contest inspires students to think about how important it is to be active and engaged citizens.”
Antawn’s Army in DC
During the 2004-2009 seasons, Antawn has teamed with Washington non-profit Most Valuable Kids (MVK) to continue his “Antawn’s Army” ticket program! He donated a block of tickets to several Wizards home games to MVK, who distributed the tickets to dozens of their partner organizations, which benefit underprivileged youth in the Washington, DC area.
On August 12, 2003, Antawn was the recipient of the NBA's Community Assist Award for the month of July. He was honored for working hard to make an impact on the community in both North Carolina and the Bay Area in California.
He's also a a three-time honoree by The Sporting News as one of the "Good Guys" in sports!
After the 2004-05 season, Antawn was awarded the Magic Johnson Award. The award honors an NBA player who combines excellence on the court with outstanding cooperation with the media and, by extension, the fans.
Antawn has also received numerous awards from organizations he’s worked with such as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Right Moves For Youth and A Better World.
Washington Bullets & Wizards Alumni Association
On February 5, 2015, Antawn was named to the Washington Wizards' Alumni Association. Twan called his five-and-a-half seasons in Washington “the staple” of his 16-year career. It was when he matured into the professional that came to define him. It was where he became entrenched in the community. He made the All-Star team twice as a member of the Wizards and helped them reach the second round of the playoffs.
NC Sports Hall of Fame
On May 6, 2016, Antawn was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He was joined in the Class of 2016 by Rod Brind'Amour, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, David Fox, James "Rabbit" Fulghum, Haywood Jeffires, Freddy Johnson, Ray Price and Susan Yow. It was the Hall's 53rd induction. The N.C. Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. The permanent exhibit, North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, is located on the third floor of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and features significant artifacts and memorabilia donated by inductees.