Local NBA player Jarred Vanderbilt gives back with a backpack

Jarred Vanderbilt, Utah Jazz forward and former local standout, is spending part of his summer preparing for his season in Houston.

Vanderbilt hosted a number of community events around town, including Saturday’s Backpack in Marian Park, as part of his Jarred Vanderbilt Foundation.

Vanderbilt and his foundation distributed 500 backpacks full of school supplies to children. Children and families were also able to purchase pizzas, barbecues and fresh produce.

Additionally, Vanderbilt provided a bouncy house and a barber station.

“Growing up, I didn’t really have that opportunity to go to an NBA player event and get free supplies and free food,” Vanderbilt said. “That’s what it’s all about. I grew up in a low-income neighborhood downtown, so to see these kids be able to get free supplies and food, I want to send these kids to school from the proper way.

Vanderbilt also recently held a free basketball camp for about 100 kids and invited teammate and Utah Jazz player Jordan Clarkson to interact with the kids.

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This is the second year that Vanderbilt has hosted the backpack giveaway and the third year that Vanderbilt has hosted its camp.

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