NEW YORK (AP) Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis’ campaign to raise money through his blocked shots has generated $43,000 thus far for a New York-area youth basketball organization.
Porzingis pledged to donate $500 to the RENS for each block, and New York real estate developer Keith Rubenstein, the founder of Somerset Partners and a longtime Knicks season-ticket holder, announced he was matching Porzingis’ contribution for $1,000 per block.
The 7-foot-3 Porzingis has 43 blocks in the five weeks of the ”KrisStops” program, raising his average to 1.9 per game to rank seventh in the NBA.
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The RENS program has more than 225 players between ages 7 and 17. The campaign benefits its Ben Jobe Educational Fund, which will be used for scholarship money to help pay tuitions for Catholic, private and prep schools.