The Houston Rockets’ Filipino-American rookie guard Jalen Green has partnered with Adidas and Toronto-based non-profit Rise Tribe to give back to the Filipino community in Canada.
The standout National Basketball Association (NBA) rookie player of Filipino descent collaborated with the sportswear brand and the Toronto charity to create a Filipinx Night Market to support Filipino-Canadian businesses, as well as local artists, vendors, and food suppliers in the area.
Green’s good deed was spotlighted by the NBA G League, the official NBA minor league where Green played, on its social media accounts and website.
“To celebrate #AAPIHeritageMonth, Jalen Green partnered with Adidas and local Toronto charity Rise Tribe to create a Filipinx Night Market where local artists, vendors, and food suppliers were spotlighted,” the NBA G League announced on May 20, 2022.
Green, whose mother hails from Ilocos Sur, gushed about his favorite Filipino food at the event and shared about spending time with Filipino fans in the Philippines.
“My favorite Filipino dish, I would say Chicken Adobo, Lumpia…those are the ones my mom cooked all the time at home,” Jalen Green told Abby Albino, co-founder of Rise Tribe who hosted the event in April 2022.
Green also donated $10,000 to Rise Tribe, a charity based in Toronto that aims to empower the next generation of Filipino-Canadian leaders through connection, networking, mentorships, brand partnerships, and work placements, among others.
The NBA G League said Green’s donation will support “community programs in the Greater Toronto Area.”
The Houston Rockets’ shooting guard was recently named to the NBA’s 2021-22 All-Rookie First Team. Green is only the third NBA player to be of Filipino descent, following Sixth Man Awardee Jordan Clarkson and NCAA champion Raymond Townsend.
Jalen Green and twelve other Filipinos made it to Gold House’s annual A100 List of trailblazing Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders (APIs) leading the “new gold age” for the races.
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