UTAH JAZZ

Donovan Mitchell surprises students at Kearns High School

Aug 21, 2018, 7:11 PM
Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell poses for a photo of Kearns High student Jason Madera after givin...
Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell poses for a photo of Kearns High student Jason Madera after giving him a backpack in Kearns on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

KEARNS – Just chalk it up as another thing Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has done for the community.

He appeared to 300 students at Kearns High School Tuesday at a special invitation-only assembly for students who had done well academically last school year. The students had no idea he was coming either.

He was there with his mother Nicole Mitchell and while he joked he was only there to get them out of class, he offered encouragement in their new school year and invited them to take school seriously.

“Many see that I play basketball, but without education, opportunities that were there wouldn’t have been there without an education,” he said. “Today, I just want to give back to you guys for your hard work and dedication.”

Each student received a t-shirt and backpack and had the opportunity to take a selfie with the Jazz star. Afterwards students were able to have a Q and A with Mitchell.

Mitchell says he will watch how the students do in school and will provide motivation for the kids to improve in their academics.

The Jazz’s star has been busy in the state this off-season as he prepares for next season. He has gone to fans’ barbecues on the 4th of July, reportedly paid to have someone’s phone fixed who could not afford it, and in July he appeared in the Jazz’s 3-on-3 Tournament as part of the Summer League festivities.

 

Utah Jazz

Photo of new tags installed by Digital Seat Media for Utah Jazz home games...
Chandler Holt

Utah Jazz home games receive a big upgrade just before the playoffs

The Utah Jazz has partnered with Digital Seat Media to install tags that fans can scan to access seating maps, food ordering, and more.
1 month ago
(The Vivint Arena, with a countdown to the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.  Photo: Paul Nelson, March 23, 2...
Paul Nelson

NBA watching Utah and the proposed transgender student sports ban

If a transgender sports ban is upheld by the Utah legislature, it's possible the 2023 NBA All-Star game could be pulled out of Salt Lake City.
2 months ago
The Utah Jazz Foundation made a donation to Airbnb.org to fund 32,200 nights of stay for the refuge...
Mark Jones

Utah Jazz Foundation will fund 32,200 nights of housing for refugees

The Utah Jazz Foundation made a donation to AirBnB.org to fund 32,200 nights of housing for refugees fleeing Ukraine.
2 months ago
The Ukrainian national anthem will be played before tonight's Jazz game....
Samantha Herrera

Local violinist to perform Ukrainian national anthem at tonight’s Jazz game

The Ukrainian national anthem will be performed by a local violinist before tonight's Jazz game. The NBA usually only plays the U.S. or Canadian anthems.
2 months ago
Jordon Clarkson...
Mark Jones

Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson says fan ‘crossed a line,’ fan later removed

Clarkson's teammates and security prevented an escalation. Later, Jordan Clarkson hit a pair of free throws to seal a Jazz victory.
5 months ago
Izzy life celebrated...
Karilyn Frazier

Izzy Tichenor’s life celebrated, Utah Jazz star covers costs

Isabella "Izzy" Faith Tichenor's life was celebrated Saturday morning in Riverton.
6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Prescription opioid...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Donovan Mitchell surprises students at Kearns High School