NBA standout Grant comes home for event

Last updated: August 21. 2014 9:39AM - 478 Views
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Former NBA player Brian Grant mixes with the crowd on Saturday for his Parkinson's awareness event.
Former NBA player Brian Grant mixes with the crowd on Saturday for his Parkinson's awareness event.
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More than $13,000 was raised Saturday, Aug. 16 benefiting the Brian Grant Foundation to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

Shake it, Bake it, Grill it! started last year and was very successful. This year, the second annual event, was just as fun but was more streamlined with several new events added.

Brian Grant was a standout Georgetown High School basketball player, who went on to play for Xavier University and later for 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He has made countless contributions to the Georgetown and Brown County Community through his charitable donations and his efforts to work with area youth. Grant at one time held a basketball camp that was attended by hundreds of kids throughout the area. Many of those young people were at the Shake it, Bake it, Grill it! event on Saturday to help volunteer to put on the event.

“This is what we are trying to do, bring awareness and explain what Parkinson’s actually is,” Grant said. “You would be surprised how many people don’t really know what it is.”

Grant has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and has redirected the Brian Grant Foundation to help raise awareness for the disease.

“I want to do something for people in my category, young people with the early onset of Parkinson’s to help them set up a way of living that can prolong their lives,” said Grant.

The Shake it, Bake it, Grill it! concept came from something he started in Portland, Ore., where he lives.

Throughout the day there were bike rides, a 5k run and walk, a kids’ run, plus there was a jail and bail, karaoke, kids games and bouncy houses. The finale involved the cook off in the evening.

The overall winner in the 5k race was Jordan Kattine, the top women’s winner was Rebecca Miller.

Katie Kelly, one of the organizers, said the addition of the bike rides was a big success.

“We had over 30 cyclists from all over. We will be doing the bike rides again next year,” said Kelly.

Zac Corbin, Val and Eli Lewis were the overall winners in the grilling contest. In individual categories Val Lewis won for chicken, Seth Tracy won for beef and Bill Arn for pork.

Kelly was happy with the results.

“We were thrilled with the turn out and found the kids games to be a huge success this year,” said Kelly.

Kelly said Mark Curry’s donation of providing the food and donating all of the proceeds really helped make the event a big success.

Curry, a culinary specialist, said Dorella Grant gave him a call and asked if he could help out.

“What she has normally done is have food vendors in and and they give a percentage back,” said Curry. “I said what I am going to do is donate 100 percent of the food and I am going to give 100 percent of the proceeds. Just because Brian has given back to Georgetown for so long.

“I grew up here, graduated here in ‘81 and I’m a G-man at heart,” said Curry.

JTM helped providing the grill and some of the products, and Curry and his two sons and daughter did the rest.

“I watched him through his whole Xavier career, through his whole NBA career as did my kids and when I told them what I was going to do, they jumped at the chance as well to help,” said Curry.

It was evident Grant was tired as he made his way around thanking people for what they were doing. He apologized for having jet lag going from Portland to Georgetown.

“Brian said in his thank you speech and many times throughout the day how touched he is to come home and see the turn out and support for him and Parkinson’s awareness in Brown County,” said Kelly.

Like Curry, many of the participants came out to support Brian whom they have watched through the years and gotten to know. Grant spent much of the day meeting and greeting people.

“It’s always neat to come home and see how the community comes together to help us put this on,” said Grant.

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