Next week, Marion’s own NBA All-Star, Zach Randolph, will be honored with a special ceremony where it all started: Bill Green Arena at Marion High School.
The public is invited to celebrate Randolph with Marion Minority Champions, the City of Marion, Marion Community Schools, Marion High School Alumni Association, and community members coming together to honor him for the impact he has made on the world stage and here in his hometown. The event is set for 11 a.m. Friday, July 21.
Randolph, a 2000 graduate of Marion High School, is a three-time NBA All-Star and committed philanthropist, regularly reaching out to help kids and families here in Marion and in his adopted home of Memphis, where he played for the NBA’s Grizzlies from 2009 to 2017. He is now headed to the Sacramento Kings to make an impact on a new group of young players.
We will gather to celebrate him on the home court of the Marion Giants, whom he led to their seventh state championship in 2000. The event will begin with a recognition ceremony and end with a short walk together to Carey Street, which from 26th Street to Valley Avenue (at the west edge of the high school campus) will henceforth carry the honorary name of Zach Randolph Lane, and where special new signage will be unveiled on that day.
Those who plan to attend should note that Carey Street will be closed from 26th Street to Valley Avenue on that day. Parking and building entry will be available on the east side of the arena, at Door 11, accessible from 25th Street and 26th Street.
This event is part of the Marion Minority Champions recognitions, a series of honors that will also be displayed at the Clarence Faulkner Center. The organizers hope to inspire the youths of Marion to dream big, and to know that they too can make an impact on our community, and beyond.