Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took a trip down the New Jersey Turnpike and across the Delaware River to his hometown of Chester PA the other day ... and got a surprise on arrival.
The Chester Community Charter School, his alma mater, named their gym The Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Gymnasium in honor of the town’s local hero. There was a sign, a ceremony and some surprised remarks by the Nets forward.
Hollis-Jefferson had no idea this was coming, reported KYW Radio in Philadelphia. He recalled his eight years at the school — the good and the bad — and choked up a little.
“I feel like I had a great support system who loved me and cared for me and was there for me every step of the way and I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart,” Hollis-Jefferson said.
RHJ is proud of his hometown. He has “Chester” tatooed across his back and he was in town to work on setting up a youth basketball league, one of many community efforts he’s sponsored in Chester.
He shared his feelings on social media.
This is something I've only dreamed of!! I just want to inspire all races, ages, gender that no matter what steer through the blurred vision pic.twitter.com/4QOKsmBRw2— R.HollisJefferson (@IAmCHAP24) May 18, 2017
Not a bad sentiment ... “To see through the blurred vision”
“To be able to say, like, this honor was because of my visit and my passion for my city, it just says a lot,” he said. “It goes a long way. So I just really appreciate the people that came up with this idea to give me the award and thank me for everything that I’ve done. It’s just a dream come true and a blessing.”
- Chester School Names Gymnasium After Local NBA Star - David Madden - KYW
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