It doesn’t come as a surprise that someone who is a former WNBA Rookie of the Year and a one-time WNBA champion works just hard off the court as she does on it. Seattle Storm guard Temeka Johnson is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and loves to help out in the community as much as she can, especially close to home. On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Johnson will host An Assist Of Hope at the Oakland Baptist Church in Kenner, Louisiana.
The event will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. It is a free event and is open to the public.
“I just want everyone to come out and have a great time, get a little food. I am happy and honored to have teamed with Piccadilly’s, the food cafeteria that will help me with this event,” explained Johnson.
“I want to do something in regards to giving back and I wanted the community to be involved in it, as well as my family. I am just happy and honored to have an opportunity to give back to people and put a smile on some people’s faces and a little food in their bellies.”
Temeka is hosting the event through her charity Heaven Open People’s Eyes (HOPE). When she isn’t playing basketball, she spends a lot of time away from the court visiting schools and speaking to children through HOPE, and enjoys providing warm meals to the homeless and those in need whenever the holidays come around.
Of course, these things don’t happen spur of the moment, so you know she’s already thinking ahead to what else she’ll be able to do while she’s back at home.
“As of right now I am working to try and maybe do something for Christmas while I’m home,” said Johnson.
“Later on for Teacher Appreciation I want to do something to let the teachers know how my team and I appreciate all that they do to help the kids of tomorrow.”
Temeka’s mother always told her that giving is better than receiving. Temeka ran with it and now even her mother is amazed by what she has been able to accomplish so far.
“It’s amazing just to see the things that she does. She just loves talking to people and helping those out who are in need,” said Temeka’s mother, Veronica.
“The biggest thing she likes to do is put a smile on the children’s faces.”