NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry will be attending a fundraiser in Rapid City on September 6 to help raise funds for kids living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Barry’s incentive for making the trip was the fact that he heard these kids are very interested in the sport of basketball and wanted to do something for them to encourage the betterment of their lives. Tickets to get into the event cost $50 for adults and $20 for children under 12, and will include an opportunity to meet, greet, take photos and get an autograph from the basketball legend. Barry will be present between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and is happy to participate as 100 percent of the money raised will directly benefit the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation.
The New Jersey native was an All-American basketball player for the University of Miami for three seasons, and after his senior year he entered the 1965 NBA Draft where he was picked up by the then San Francisco Warriors. By the end of Barry’s first season with the team they had almost doubled their number of wins and he was clearly a great assent to the team. The eight-time All-Star player eventually went on to play with other teams too, including the Oakland Oats, New York Nets, Golden State Warriors, and retired with the Houston Rockets. Barry had four sons who all became professional basketball players as well, and a few of them also have retired and now work in broadcasting.
The 1975 NBA Champion will be going to Rapid City this fall to check out the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and participate in a meet and greet, autograph session, and photo session with fans to benefit the kids who live on the reservation.
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