April 2012: Friends of the Utah Jazz Assists Utah National Guard
During April, Jazz players generated funding for the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust. Richard Smith, director of basketball operations for the team, presented a donation check at a Jazz home game to a representative from the nonprofit.
The Utah National Guard Charitable Trust provides assistance to Utah military service members and their families who are suffering financially due to factors related to deployment and active service. Many of the families struggle to meet basic needs after deployment occurs, and emergency funds are made available to help with expenses such as unexpected home and car repairs, groceries, or transportation costs incurred when spouses travel to military treatment centers to be near husbands or wives injured in the line of duty.
Throughout the 2011-12 season, one community agency per month was selected as a recipient of a Friends of the Utah Jazz charitable donation. Other organizations that benefited from the program this past season include The Haven, Family Counseling Center and YWCA Family Justice Center.