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Daily Sports Smile: Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker surprises local Girl Scouts with $100,000 donation

Jaylon Thompson
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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is preparing for his sixth NBA season looking to win his first NBA title. However, his preseason training didn't stop him from creating a heartwarming moment. 

This week, the two-time All-Star took some time to give back to the local Arizona community. Booker donated $100,000 to Girl Scouts from the Arizona-Cactus Pine Council through his Starting Five initiative.

In 2019, Booker made the commitment to donate $100,000 each to five nonprofit organizations over the next five seasons.

Booker surprised the Girl Scouts on Wednesday. According to Christina Spicer, the Deputy Director of the Girl Scouts Arizona-Cactus Pine Council, the donation will go towards helping provide a new bus for official trips and activities.

“It was so exciting to see as we have been working so hard for this grant,” Spicer said via a video provided by the Suns official account. “We kept our fingers crossed, and the fact that we received it is so huge for us. It is going to help support our bus for transportation.

“Now, more than ever, being able to transport girls to and from programs, and to be able to access girl scouting is a huge need of ours. He helped fulfill that and made dreams come true.”

Booker also hosted the Girl Scouts at the Phoenix Mercury WNBA Finals game. He purchased a suite for the group to watch as the Mercury defeated the Chicago Sky in Game 2 Wednesday night.

The All-Star has continued to support the WNBA and other initiatives to bring equality for women. He mentioned his efforts with the Girl Scouts is another step in the right direction.

“I think this society is lacking inclusion when it comes to females as a whole,” Booker said. “That is something that I have focused on since I’ve been here in the NBA by supporting the Mercury and finding other ways to do it. I think this grant for the Girl Scouts was a step forward in that way.”

The Suns will begin the regular season on Oct. 20 against the Denver Nuggets. Booker will be back to lead the unit alongside teammates Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton.