Krystle Bailey meets NBA Commissioner David Stern during the NBA Cares Day of Service at the Houston Food Bank.
Friday, Feb. 15 - “Roger Houston”- we have landed! Krystle’s flight landed in Houston late Thursday night and she was pumped to get here! The Omni Hotel is decked out in large NBA All Star banners and posters. Pictures of stars like Dwayne Wade, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul adorn the lobby. Krystle posed with several of the banners this morning after breakfast! (Check the Special Olympics North Carolina Flickr page). She also picked up an Adidas bag full of NBA All Star giveaways for the Special Olympics athletes. She got a sweatshirt and several great T-shirts plus a NBA All Star pin and a basketball. She definitely wants the pros to sign her basketball on Sunday during the NBA Cares Special Olympics Sport Unity Game!
At noon we started the NBA All Star weekend experience. We headed to the NBA Cares community service day. The Special Olympics group was taken to the Houston Food Bank. It was a great afternoon. The Food Bank is the largest in the nation and one of the most efficient. We worked as Second Sorters and boxed up canned goods to be distributed. Krystle thought it was a lot of fun and she was very quick at it. It was a lot of work though and after 3 ½ hours of sorting and lifting boxes everyone in the Special Olympics group was worn out. We did our jobs with visits from NBA and WNBA stars throughout the afternoon. The highlight for us was when Krystle met NBA Commissioner David Stern! She also met Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls as well. He was very interested in the Unity Game she told him about.
After the Food Bank, we returned to the hotel for a pizza party and got to know the Special Olympics athletes better. We sat with athlete Jian Gong and his teacher that came from Shanghai, China. They told us their first impression of America is that everyone must own cars. They were amazed that there weren’t tons of shops lining the streets outside the hotel and that no one was around in the mornings. Read more at the link.
About Megan ODonnell: SONC Vp of Communications and also served as Krystle Bailey's chaperone in Houston during the 2013 NBA All Star weekend.