On Monday Minnesota Timberwolves star Zach LaVine helped celebrated the opening of a new kitchen at the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, NBA.com reports.
LaVine donated $10,000 for the kitchen, a portion of his Slam Dunk Contest winnings.
It wasn’t the first trip to the school for LaVine. He has established a relationship with the kids that's grounded in his ability to communicate with them in their own language.
Back in high school, he and one of his friends decided that instead of taking Spanish, they would take American Sign Language. That led to an interest in the Deaf community.
During LaVine’s visits to the school he learned that it didn't have a ktchen and cafeteria.
“The biggest part when I was growing up was interacting with kids during lunchtime and recess," he observed, "so I thought it was a good idea for them to socialize and hang out with each other and eat food together.
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