Williams raises $50K for JDRF

Published July 11, 2009 8:45 pm

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With his grandfather and grandmother both having suffered from diabetes, as well as late Jazz owner Larry Miller's death from complications related to the disease, Deron Williams had an easy choice when it came to picking a charity for his third-annual golf event.

"That's something I know about," Williams said. "With what happened with Larry, that's definitely a big reason that we want to go in that direction this year."

Williams hosted the event Saturday at Thanksgiving Point to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as his Point of Hope Foundation. Despite the economy, Williams raised a record $50,000 to be donated in Miller's name.

Williams also made $5,000 donations to the Carmen Pingree School for Children with Autism as well as the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

"Every year it's gotten better," Williams said. "Every year more people come. We're constantly looking for ways to try to expand it and make it even better."

Ronnie Price, meanwhile, joked about the improvement Williams had made to his golf game with an indoor simulator at home.

"That just shows what type of competitor he is," Price said. "When we wants to get good at something ... I guess you just go buy a simulator."

Ross Siler