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Utah Jazz feed 3,600 in annual Thanksgiving feast

Published November 22, 2012 4:22 pm

NBA • Jazz herald event as opportunity to give back.
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Sidney Lowe had to make a quick delivery to his boss.

"I gotta give coach his hat," the Utah Jazz assistant said.

He darted onto the concourse at EnergySolutions Arena with a paper cap in his hands and handed it to Corbin, who propped it on his head to match Lowe's look and continued to help serve a Thanksgiving dinner to 3,600 members of Salt Lake City's homeless community on Tuesday.

It was the 14th year the Jazz, in conjunction with the Salt Lake City Mission and Utah Food Services, have hosted a holiday meal at their arena.

"Our family and our organization have just been blessed with so much," Jazz CEO Greg Miller said, "that it's a great opportunity for us to give a little bit back and help those who are less fortunate and hopefully bring them some measure of comfort that they usually wouldn't have."

Miller and his mother, Gail Miller, led a contingent of Jazz employees who served food for three hours while clothes and hygiene kits were distributed.

The Jazz had played a game just the night before, but by 11 a.m., the concourse was swarming with a different kinds of fans.

The most common thing they say is 'thank you,' " Greg Miller said.

Coming off a game and having a rare day off before returning to practice Wednesday, members of the Jazz said it was necessary to help out.

"It's important," Lowe said, "because it's what the Miller family is all about: It's giving back, it's giving thanks for what we have and how fortunate we've been blessed. It's giving back to this city which obviously Mr. [Larry] Miller, his heart was in it."

The value of the day, in addition to providing a meal, Salt Lake City Mission spokesman Brian Jaques said, was to "let them know that there's people out there that care about them and love them, just sharing the food and the clothing and the camaraderie and allowing us to be able to come down here and do this at this wonderful facility."

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