Cavs’ Collin Sexton joins with Foot Locker in rewarding 20 HS graduates with $20,000 scholarships

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. high-fives Cleveland guard Collin Sexton in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. high-fives Cleveland guard Collin Sexton in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton joined up with Foot Locker in rewarding 20 high school graduates with $20,000 scholarships.

These last few months have clearly been an unprecedented time for all of us, really, regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic. The 2019-20 NBA season has been on hiatus since March 11 due to that, too, and it’s still uncertain if we’ll see more Cleveland Cavaliers game action this season.

For recent reported updates as far as possibilities for how the season could resume at likely ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, you can view those here and also here.

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On the bright side, though, it’s been amazing to see Cavs players such as Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. help out those affected by COVID-19 in a huge way with a $100,000 donation to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse employees (in Love’s case) and $50,000 donations to each of the Cleveland and Akron Regional Food Banks (in Nance’s case).

Andre Drummond recently also even gave a $1,000 tip to a server this past weekend on a $164.25 bill, too, and he previously donated $160,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts and joined up with JBL Audio to donate 10,000 pairs of headphones to schools in the Cleveland and Detroit area.

In addition, young Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton made a big difference in the lives of so many recently.

Collin Sexton joined up with Foot Locker to reward 20 high school graduates with $20,000 scholarships via the Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Program. $3 million has been invested with this program, which is now in its’ ninth year, and it’s terrific to see Sexton play a key role in that.

The recipients of these scholarships from Sexton/Foot Locker were given to candidates from varying backgrounds that overcame “economic hardships, loss, natural disasters, and chronic illnesses,” to create “inspiring opportunities through leadership in athletics, academics and within their communities,” per a release and h/t’s Chris Fedor.

In terms of Sexton’s official statement, that went as follows, as transcribed by Fedor.

"“Foot Locker has always been committed to inspiring and empowering young people through education and sports,” Sexton said. “I know it’s been tough for high school seniors everywhere who have had to miss out on major milestones. I’m honored to team up with Foot Locker to help reward these student athletes for all of their hard work and dedication, especially during this time.”"

Upon surprising these 20 recipients via virtual call instead of what normally would’ve been an in-person visit on behalf of the Foot Locker Foundation, which is focused on helping young people through contributing to educational programs and through physical activity, as Fedor stated, Sexton was asked some questions.

Those were related to asking for his advice about dealing with time commitments, among other things, as shown.

Plenty of the message he sent to them was him essentially preaching for the recipients to keep working hard, surrounding themselves with the right people and staying focused to achieve their goals, as Fedor noted, and as shown.

Sexton, who has led the Cleveland Cavaliers virtually all of this season with 20.8 points per game, has worked tirelessly to be a heck of a three-point shooter, and especially off-the-catch, and that’s a great example for recipients to look up to. Sexton, who has hit 39.2 percent of his three-point attempts so far in his career, per Basketball Reference, has turned a perceived weakness of his game in perimeter shooting, into a strength.

Few work harder than the Cavs’ youngster, and seeing Sexton help out others in this way in joining up with Foot Locker with these scholarships is awesome to see, and it shows that he’s going to make a difference off the floor for others in a huge way, too. I’m sure he does in countless other ways through charity work, and it seems he does as well.

Moreover, this shows that Sexton could be an emerging leader for the Cavs, too, even as a player that’s only 21.

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This sort of thing was outstanding to see from Sexton, and it was cool to see him so strongly impact the lives of young people that will I’m sure make full use of this opportunity from the Young Bull/Foot Locker. Props to you, Young Bull!