Reggie Evans may not be a high profile name like his new teammate Kevin Garnett with the Brooklyn Nets. However in Pensacola, Florida Evans is everyone’s favorite hometown hero. Evans played at Woodham High School where he stood out enough to play at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before getting recruited by now UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford to play at the University of Iowa. While being a star at Iowa Evans was named Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2001 and Second Team All-Big Ten in 2002.
While growing up in northern Florida, Evans grew up in a single parent home “really my charity started when I was growing up, being raised by my mother who had numerous jobs it was easy for me to get into trouble, luckily I was able to go to the local gym and play ball.”
Back , July 13th The Reggie Evans Charity ran its first annual charity softball game at Blue Wahoo Stadium in Pensacola, Florida. The event featured celebrities such as Miami Heat’s Rashard Lewis, San Diego Chargers’, Tyrone Green, Indianapolis Colts’, Darius Butler, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’, Mason Foster, retired NFL star Fred Robbins, Detroit Pistons’, Peyton Siva and Pensacola NASCAR driver, Johanna Long.
“It was a great time; I’m very appreciative of everyone who came in support. We were able to raise a lot of money for the kids. All the proceeds are going to help with school books and help with some after school programs.” “I also brought out some kids from the neighborhood to enjoy the game. The look on their faces was priceless.”
Evans also held his 8th annual “BBQ for Pensacola” this past May. “I’ve been doing this for years, I love giving back to the community and helping out kids. I know how hard it is growing up and not having the financial means which I’m hoping I can help out with.” Evans also knows it takes more then a couple of local names to pull off these events. “We are very blessed to have many people donate food, drinks, and other certain items we can auction to raise money, with out these people our events don’t happen.”