Angel Morris, mother of former Prep Charter and University of Kansas basketball stars Marcus and Markieff Morris, and guardian angel of their teammate, Thomas Robinson, and his younger sister in the wake of last January’s tragic death of their mother, on October 7 will be honored as the first “Life Saver” by Headquarters Counseling Center. The celebration in Angel’s honor is the fourth annual Life Support Refresher, Friday at Maceli’s in Lawrence, Kansas. This is a fundraising event to benefit Headquarters Counseling Center.
Angel was chosen by Headquarters Counseling Center’s board of directors and staff to be honored for her sacrifice and selfless actions, which embody the Headquarters’ mission to provide unconditional life support to those in crisis.
“I’m honored to get the award, but I would have done it without being recognized at all,” Angel said. “I love children, his family [Robinson’s] and his mom. He asked me to take care of him before any of this happened. I just feel honored to get this award. I never thought that I would get it. He was always like family to me. He was really close to my boys.”
Headquarters, a community organization for more than 40 years, provides free and confidential counseling, education and information, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Angel is waiting for the NBA lockout to end so she can watch Marcus and Markieff play professional basketball. She has followed them throughout their careers at Prep Charter in the Public League as well as their college basketball careers at Kansas. Markieff was a first round selection of the Phoenix Suns, 13th overall. The Houston Rockets drafted Marcus in the first round with the 14th pick. The twin brothers have played together their entire career until now.
“I think I’m going to do one month with Markieff and the other month with Marcus and go from there,” Angel said. “That’s the only way I think I can do it.”
Kevin Durant, John Wall headline lockout exhibition
The Battle for I-95 continues as NBA superstars Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder and John Wall from the Washington Wizards team up to represent the nation’s capital against Philadelphia’s all-star team on October 15 at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. The game begins at 6 p.m.
Durant and Wall (who also competed with the Goodman League All-Stars), less than a month removed from playing with Team DC, look to represent the District again along with Jeff Green (Boston Celtics), Michael Beasley (Minnesota Timberwolves), Nolan Smith (Portland Trail Blazers), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) and Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons).
Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings), Hakim Warrick (Phoenix Suns) and Lou Williams (Philadelphia 76ers) will play for the Philadelphia team. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local youth sports programs and recreation centers. For ticket information, visit http://dcphillytickets.eventbrite.com.