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Utah Jazz: Foye more than just a basketball player

Utah Jazz: Foye more than just a basketball player

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SALT LAKE CITY — Randy Foye is now a Jazzman that will be called upon to open up the offense with his three point shooting. But let's forget about Randy Foye the basketball player.

Forget about the 11.6 points per game he's averaged over his 6 year career. Forget that he was 7th in the NBA last season in three points attempted and made.

During Thursday's press conference introducing Foye to the Utah media, the longest and most genuine response to a question had nothing to do with basketball - it had to do with his foundation for kids.

Foye created the Randy Foye Foundation, which helps at-risk kids in his hometown on Newark, New Jersey.

"I just try to give back", Foye stated. "I just try to be a mentor, a big brother that helps younger kids understand that I was in the same situation as you guys growing up. I didn't have parents, I struggled, it was tough for me, but at the end of the day I always had blind faith, understanding that if I did what I was supposed to do, I would ultimately be in a position where I would be successful."

Foye also said that these kids sign contracts to keep their GPA at a certain level and do certain things in the community. Not once did he mention anything about these kids playing basketball. He also has brought some of these ‘at risk' kids to the city where he is playing to experience different cultures.

When asked if he would bring those kids to Utah, he replied, "Definitely! It's different. I brought them to L.A. when I played there. I brought them to Washington so why not bring them to Utah."

Randy Foye is now a Jazzman, but from our first meeting we quickly found out he is much more than JUST a basketball player.

To listen to the entire conversation with Randy Foye on his foundation, click on the play button above and see for yourself how impressive this is.

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