Wagner, Maxey give back to Cleveland-area youth


Orlando Magic rookie Franz Wagner and Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey were among the players that participated in a virtual gym class presentation for students as part of NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Jr. NBA, in partnership with Cavs Youth Sports and Give N’ Grow, hosted virtual gym classes for boys and girls aged 7-13 on Thursday and Friday across the Cleveland Metro School District and greater Cleveland area. In all, 21 schools participated in the exercise.

The 45-minute classes included a series of basketball-related activities and exercises led by Jr. NBA coaches. In addition to Wagner and Maxey, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton also participated in the exercises and drills.

The students learned new drills that can be completed individually and without equipment to advance on-court skills such as defense, agility and footwork. The sessions also featured mental health and wellness programming.

Wagner and Maxey were among those players that compete in the NBA Rising Stars game on Friday. Wagner is averaging 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and three assists this season while Maxey is posting 16.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his second season.

Wagner and Team Barry, drafted by Hall of Famer Rick Barry, won the event after the Magic forward hit a free throw to cross the 25-point threshold needed to win in the final game. Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham was named MVP of the game.

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All-Star Weekend each year gives the NBA and its players the opportunity to give back to the community. Wagner and Maxey were just the latest to take some time and connect with the youth in Cleveland.

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