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NBA Veterans Unite for Food Distribution at Fairbanks School 105

Steve Green is the first in line when the NBA asks its former players to lend a hand. The former pro basketball player joined two dozen of his peers Friday, (Feb. 16) for a food distribution event at Charles Warren Fairbanks School 105.

 The Legends Cares program, co-hosted by the National Basketball Retired Players Association and the Indianapolis-based nonprofit Ross Foundation, used the school’s gymnasium to distribute milk, vegetables, bread, and other types of food to area low-income residents.

 Green, who played collegiately at Indiana University, made the short trek from his home in Fishers, Indiana, where he lives after retiring as a dentist. The 6-7 former small forward spent several hours packing groceries and helping families carry bags to their vehicles.

 “I am delighted the NBA Retired Players Association is participating in an event like this,” Green said. “That is the great thing about bringing the All-Star Game to Indianapolis. The NBA has a lot of money to throw around. So, let’s throw it here in Indianapolis.”

 Green, who attended Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, Indiana, before attending IU, played for the Utah Stars and Spirits of St. Louis, with combined averages of 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, in 1975-76 before the league merged with the NBA. His NBA career consisted of three seasons with the Indiana Pacers from 1976 to 1979. He holds combined ABA/NBA career averages of 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. After his NBA career, he played for one season in Italy.

 “I was lucky enough to return to Indiana after my professional career ended,” Green said “I am very proud to help whenever I am asked.  We are doing our part.”