Bucks’ Larry Sanders goes back to his roots to leap ahead
MILWAUKEE — It wasn’t the usual entrance to a press conference, but Larry Sanders was greeted with chants of “Larry! Larry! Larry!” as he came into the gym Monday morning.
The venue Sanders chose to host the press conference announcing his four-year, $44 million contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks wasn’t the usual setting.
Instead of hosting the gathering at the arena or the practice facility, Sanders picked the gym at the Pieper-Hillside Boys and Girls Club in Milwaukee where over 100 kids were in attendance to watch.
Why the Boys and Girls Club? The place is near and dear to Sanders’ heart because he grew up in the club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
“As soon as this news was brought to me and I got the opportunity to be in this position, I wanted to come here first,” Sanders said. “This is where I came when I first got to Milwaukee, because I felt the community embraced me so much. Milwaukee adopted me as a young child trying to find his way in the league and has showed me nothing but love and support.
“It’s only right for me to be here with these kids, trying to express to them where I am now and how I got there with the hard work I put in, but also that I’m just a human just like they are. If I can get here, they can. It’s an amazing feeling being here now, reminiscing about being here as a child.”
Sanders purchased 500 backpacks filled with schools supplies to distribute to kids at Pieper-Hillside and other Boys and Girls Club’s throughout the Milwaukee area.
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