Garrett Temple isn't shy about speaking out on social issues and doesn't limit his season of doing good to the month of December.
The 31-year-old veteran from the Sacramento Kings has adopted Sacramento Charter High School in the Oak Park neighborhood on and he's planning on becoming a familiar face to the Dragons.
On Wednesday, Temple's young rookie teammates Harry Giles and Frank Mason III met with student athletes to serve them a hot catered meal, and have an open and honest discussion about issues they face as teenagers.
"This is not a one time thing," Temple told ABC10. "We're going to try to create dialougue, talk about issues their facing and talk about ways how they can continue to be better leaders and better people in the community."
Temple attempted to steer clear of basketball questions, but to break the ice, some students just had to ask about the fate of the Kings, as well as their win over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
But the conversation eventually became more serious, discussing social issues, leadership and even the nation's political climate.
"I wanted it to get serious, I didn't want it to be questions about basketball," Temple said. "I came here for a reason - to try to reach the kids and talk about issues they face right now."
Temple is almost two months into his second season with the Kings since joining the team as a free agent last year. He came to Sacramento to establish a veteran presence in the locker room and quickly became the face of leadership on the team.
Temple strives to be just as active off the court and even more vocal, especially on his social media channels when it comes to sensitive subjects such as race relations in America, politics and even the recent abundance of prominent men involved in allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
The students of Sac High were even given a special hashtag to use to reach out to Temple on social media to have the option of interacting with him when he cannot be present at the school.
Temple's teammate George Hill has also adopted an area high school, choosing to become a fixture at Encina Prep in Sacramento. He will make his first appearance to introduce himself to them coming up in December.
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