‘Tis the season of giving and Kyle Kuzma is off to a great start… the NBA star donated $60,000 worth of clothing to female inmates preparing for release from the county jail in his hometown of Flint, Michigan!
The Washington Wizards forward also launched an initiative to improve housing conditions for incarcerated women.
The Kyle Kuzma Family Foundation partnered with IGNITE and RISE, two prison reform organizations that support incarcerated women as they prepare to reenter society.
Kuzma unveiled the collaboration Sunday at the 23rd IGNITE graduation ceremony at the provincial jail… by surprising the female inmates and announcing the major donation of $60,000.
The 6-foot-1 baller also handed out gifts to children visiting their mothers.
That is not all Kyle’s work… the 28-year-old also launched ‘Kuz’s Corner,’ which will help improve living conditions at the Genesee County Jail.
“Kuz’s Corner gives incarcerated female prisoners something to reach for and prove to themselves and others of their value and worth,” the foundation said in a news release.
“The women chosen to live in Kuz’s Corner have distinguished themselves as role models in their behavior, mentorship and strive to return to the community as a better neighbor.”
Kuzma – who is averaging nearly 23 points per game this season – cares deeply about his foundation, which helps single mothers and children in Michigan, the DMV (DC Metro area) and Los Angeles… a cause that hits close to home.
“When I was growing up, she had two jobs and that hard work and dedication, just to make ends meet, put food on the table,” Kuzma said of his mother Karri on GMA.
“That’s been my inspiration my whole life.”
Kuzma – who launched his foundation this year – is the first NBA player to commit to a prison reform program.