Phoenix Suns Chris Paul volunteers at back-to-school event

Chris Paul is a 12-time NBA All-Star. But he is also a dad who had to prepare for the start of the school year like all the other parents.

Paul and his wife, Jada, joined Baby2Baby to help distribute school supplies and baby essentials at Christopher Dena Elementary School in East Los Angeles earlier this month.

Hundreds of students and their families attended the event, where they got to shoot some hoops with the NBA vet. Participants also received a new backpack and a new outfit for their first day of school. Baby2Baby has provided other items such as groceries, diapers and formula to families who come from underserved communities.

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“We are very proud to be part of Baby2Baby’s Back2School event,” Chris and Jada Paul said in a statement. “As longtime supporters of Baby2Baby, it’s been so rewarding to spend time with the kids and be able to hand out the school supplies and necessities they need to be successful this year.”

Baby2Baby has donated over 240 million items over the past 11 years through its work with homeless shelters, foster care programs and hospitals.

Les Paul has two children, son Chris Jr. and daughter Camryn. They said some essentials for them are a good backpack and a planner, which is great for staying organized in a busy family like Paul’s.

In addition to preparing for his 18th NBA season, Paul wrote a children’s book called “Basketball Dreams” and produced the documentary series “Why Not Us”, now in its third season. It’s a life he knows he can’t do alone.

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“I was able to find projects and stories that I really enjoy working on,” Paul told USA TODAY Sports+. “My commercial team allows me to reconcile my life as a basketball player, my family and my business.”

Basketball is a passion that the Phoenix Suns point guard always prioritizes.

“Year 18 for me will be exciting,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back to work. Every year brings a new opportunity and I’m lucky to still be able to play the game I love.”

The Suns go start the 2022-23 season on October 19 against the Dallas Mavericks in a rematch of the Western Conference Semifinals.

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