By Cameron Buford,

Though this year has been like no other we’ve seen, the holiday season and the Christmas spirit are such that giving back is always a warm fulfilling thing. It’s often hard to tell, who gets the most out of these charitable events, is it the athletes giving back or the families who are the recipients of said kind gestures?

Recently 7th year NFL Veteran, 5-time Pro Bowler, and new Los Angeles Chargers Offensive Guard, Trai Turner will host his “Shop with a Jock” event in the Garden Grove community. By partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove, the Suburban Optimist Club as well as aligning with Providence Health this event will serve local underprivileged families and youth.

Selected youth and families from Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove will participate in a COVID-19 protected, drive thru holiday event. Suburban Optimist Club will provide toys for the children while Turner with his combined resources and contacts will gift $100 Walmart gift cards as well as gift cards from Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, Yard House, and Jersey Mikes to those in attendance.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove (“BGCGG”) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has developed a unique variety of services adapted to the needs of our community. Programming focuses on three core areas: early learning, which includes a licensed preschool; traditional before and after-school programs for elementary, intermediate, and high school age members; and a network of family support services. Since its inception in 1956, BGCGG has grown from one location to more than 64 locations reaching over 5,000 children a day and 23,000 a year from the communities of Garden Grove, Westminster, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fountain Valley, and Stanton.


The Suburban Optimist Club, through its members, supervises and sponsors many programs that address the needs of our community such as the Just Say No anti-drug club for elementary school children, Respect For Law to instill in youth the respect and responsibility to the laws of our community, Oratorical and Essay Contests (including a special contest for the hearing impaired) to provide an avenue for youth to express themselves positively, Tri-Star Basketball sports competition, Youth Appreciation and Youth Recognition dinners for high school graduates and the hearing impaired to acknowledge the contributions of today’s youth to our communities.

I commend Trai Turner for his community activism. By him being in the market for less than a year, this is his second event he has partnered in within a month. While several of his colleagues carry on as if those that are less fortunate are not deserving of their attention or support. Kindly share your thoughts on Trai Turner’s community involvement, by reaching out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport or forward any suggestions on what topics or angles you’d like to see discussed to

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