Tis’ the season for turkeys and Judge Greg Mathis had plenty to give for the 2014 annual turkey giveaway “Unity in the Community” at his Northwest Detroit community center on Tuesday, Nov 25 . Judge Mathis along with L.A. Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford held a meet and greet with Metro Detroit Students as they received turkeys to take home to their families.
The event included a question and answer panel with Detroit’s movers and shakers. Panelists included Southfield mayor Brenda Lawrence, rapper Trick Trick, Southfield Chief of Police Dr. Joseph Thomas Jr., Coco of 105.9 Kiss, Detroit Lions player Ron Rice and former NFL player Rick Bryant. The floor was opened for students to ask questions of the panel about quality of life issues and what it takes to accomplish their goals and dreams on their road to success. Students walked away with inspirational stories from Mayor Lawrence who shares that with a high school G.P.A of only 1.5 it took a lot for her to stay on track toward her road to success becoming the first woman and African American Mayor for the City of Southfield, as well as the newly appointed congresswoman as of January 2015.
Jamal Crawford encouraged students who want to pursue a career in sports to complete their education and keep their options open for alternative careers in sports as well. “ My parents and grand-parents would not even let me go outside and play basketball until my homework was done and they were serious about that”, says Crawford. Coco shared with students that although she is a prominent figure on the radio her background was in the career of healthcare and someone encouraged her toward her calling as a comedian and radio host. Judge Mathis looked the audience of students in the eye and expressed to them that although they may live in area’s that are surrounded by crime and poverty they can use it as motivation and a strength builder. “ Crime and poverty should motivate you to work harder and strengthen your survival skills which in turn builds a hard working mentality”, says Mathis.
The event ended Jamal Crawford receiving an achievement award from Judge Mathis, fun, laughter and a huge turkey to take home for this Thanksgiving Holiday.