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Josh Smith to support family of slain high school star

Mar 9, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

Atlanta’s dunking machine Josh Smith went to McEachern High School, an Atlanta area and Georgia high school sports powerhouse.

That’s where Rajaan Bennett went, a running back recruited by a number of schools but a kid with a 3.8 GPA who wanted a good education and committed to Vanderbilt. Last summer, Smith met Bennett and his family and came away impressed.

So Smith was hit hard — as was much of Atlanta — when Bennett was murdered several weeks ago by his mother’s ex-boyfriend.

So Smith is making a very big gesture to help — he is paying the Bennett’s living expenses for the next six months.

Smith said he was “very impressed with him as a person, student and athlete. I can’t imagine what this family is going through, but hopefully this will give them one less thing to worry about as they try to cope with this terrible tragedy.”

It is a generous offer from Smith. The kind of thing he should be lauded for, but more importantly the kind of example we should all try to follow.

  1. MOE - Mar 10, 2010 at 6:48 AM

    How come no one is making a comment bout this. Seems like only time folks make a comment is when an athlete does something wrong…

  2. albert - Mar 10, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    what a true role model josh smith is by doing something so wonderful for a family,and community that suffered a tragic loss its about time some positive news comes from the world of sports and its atheles

  3. Craig W. - Mar 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    This is not the only example of athletes giving back to their community. However, we bloggers are just like the larger community of sports fans; we don’t spend much time reading about, or commenting on the good that happens – just the sensationally bad.
    It it too bad this is a part of human nature, but it does seem to be the case. You do good because it seems the right thing to do and makes you feel better. This becomes one of the things you can look back upon and feel good about your life, but it often doesn’t mean much to others ‘in the moment’.

  4. shayla - May 23, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    Way to go Josh, I can tell you were raised by great parents that install morals in you. I’m proud to see a young black man staying positive and giving back to the community. Keep up the good work

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