Athletes giving back for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is that special time of the year for feasting and football. This can also be the time of the year when we give thanks for what we have. Sports teams and athletes have taken the time to show their gratitude by giving back to those in need. From Pau Gasol to Tony Romo, some of the biggest names in sports have put on aprons to help serve dinner to those less fortunate.

Detroit Piston, Brandon Jennings, serves Thanksgiving dinner to families from Holy Cross Children's Services as part of NBA Cares Season of Giving on November 26, 2013 at Boysville of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Piston, Brandon Jennings, serves Thanksgiving dinner to families from Holy Cross Children's Services as part of NBA Cares Season of Giving on November 26, 2013 at Boysville of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Piston, Brandon Jennings, serves Thanksgiving dinner to families from Holy Cross Children's Services as part of NBA Cares Season of Giving on November 26, 2013 at Boysville of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook #0 serves food as he hosted an early Thanksgiving meal for more than 500 people at the Oklahoma County Boys and Girls Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Westbrook's "Why Not" foundation and the United Way joined with "Adventures in Catering" to put on the event. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook #0 serves food as he hosted an early Thanksgiving meal for more than 500 people at the Oklahoma County Boys and Girls Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Westbrook's "Why Not" foundation and the United Way joined with "Adventures in Catering" to put on the event. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook #0 serves food as he hosted an early Thanksgiving meal for more than 500 people at the Oklahoma County Boys and Girls Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Westbrook's "Why Not" foundation and the United Way joined with "Adventures in Catering" to put on the event. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Paul hands out Thanksgiving dinners during the Teamwork at the Table Thanksgiving Event at the St. Joseph Center on November 26, 2013 in Venice, California. (Photo by Andrew D.Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Paul hands out Thanksgiving dinners during the Teamwork at the Table Thanksgiving Event at the St. Joseph Center on November 26, 2013 in Venice, California. (Photo by Andrew D.Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Paul hands out Thanksgiving dinners during the Teamwork at the Table Thanksgiving Event at the St. Joseph Center on November 26, 2013 in Venice, California. (Photo by Andrew D.Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets serves families during a Thanksgiving meal hosted by him and his family on November 22, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets serves families during a Thanksgiving meal hosted by him and his family on November 22, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets serves families during a Thanksgiving meal hosted by him and his family on November 22, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
As part of the Cam Newton Foundation’s recently-launched School Pride program and partnership with Thomasboro Academy, Cam and members of the Foundation hosted a Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner at the school on Monday, Nov. 19. Over 300 deserving families and kids attended the event. Everyone was treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner—turkey, stuffing, mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and apple pie. The kids were entertained by face painters, balloon artists, a DJ and Panthers mascot Sir Purr. On the way out, all families were given a turkey and ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank.
As part of the Cam Newton Foundation’s recently-launched School Pride program and partnership with Thomasboro Academy, Cam and members of the Foundation hosted a Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner at the school on Monday, Nov. 19. Over 300 deserving families and kids attended the event. Everyone was treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner—turkey, stuffing, mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and apple pie. The kids were entertained by face painters, balloon artists, a DJ and Panthers mascot Sir Purr. On the way out, all families were given a turkey and ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank.
As part of the Cam Newton Foundation’s recently-launched School Pride program and partnership with Thomasboro Academy, Cam and members of the Foundation hosted a Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner at the school on Monday, Nov. 19. Over 300 deserving families and kids attended the event. Everyone was treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner—turkey, stuffing, mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and apple pie. The kids were entertained by face painters, balloon artists, a DJ and Panthers mascot Sir Purr. On the way out, all families were given a turkey and ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank.
Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat participates the Ray of Hope Thanksgiving Celebration on November 24, 2013 at the Jose Marti Park in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat participates the Ray of Hope Thanksgiving Celebration on November 24, 2013 at the Jose Marti Park in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat participates the Ray of Hope Thanksgiving Celebration on November 24, 2013 at the Jose Marti Park in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Shane Battier #31 of the Miami Heat celebrates the annual Heat Thanksgiving Celebration on November 22, 2013 at the Miami Rescue Mission in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Shane Battier #31 of the Miami Heat celebrates the annual Heat Thanksgiving Celebration on November 22, 2013 at the Miami Rescue Mission in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Shane Battier #31 of the Miami Heat celebrates the annual Heat Thanksgiving Celebration on November 22, 2013 at the Miami Rescue Mission in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons' Justin Blalock, Jonathan Massaquoi and Corey Peters, from left, serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to Ronnie Fowler, left, and about 100 other men from Shepherd's Inn, the men's facility at the Atlanta Mission, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. The Falcons players served the catered meal at the mission which provides overnight shelter and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Falcons' Justin Blalock, Jonathan Massaquoi and Corey Peters, from left, serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to Ronnie Fowler, left, and about 100 other men from Shepherd's Inn, the men's facility at the Atlanta Mission, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. The Falcons players served the catered meal at the mission which provides overnight shelter and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Falcons' Justin Blalock, Jonathan Massaquoi and Corey Peters, from left, serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to Ronnie Fowler, left, and about 100 other men from Shepherd's Inn, the men's facility at the Atlanta Mission, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. The Falcons players served the catered meal at the mission which provides overnight shelter and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
Pau Gasol, Nick Young and the Laker Girls serve Thanksgiving dinner to kids from the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley and families from Pacific Clinics at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-b-que on November 18, 2013 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Juan O'Campo/NBAE via Getty Images)
Pau Gasol, Nick Young and the Laker Girls serve Thanksgiving dinner to kids from the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley and families from Pacific Clinics at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-b-que on November 18, 2013 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Juan O'Campo/NBAE via Getty Images)
Pau Gasol, Nick Young and the Laker Girls serve Thanksgiving dinner to kids from the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley and families from Pacific Clinics at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-b-que on November 18, 2013 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Juan O'Campo/NBAE via Getty Images)
Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers serves up a dish as part of the Pacers 16th Annual "Come to Our House" Thanksgiving Diner at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 14, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers serves up a dish as part of the Pacers 16th Annual "Come to Our House" Thanksgiving Diner at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 14, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers serves up a dish as part of the Pacers 16th Annual "Come to Our House" Thanksgiving Diner at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 14, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
The Dallas Cowboys served up the team's annual "EARLY" Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army in Dallas & Fort Worth.
Atlanta Falcons' Jonathan Massaquoi, right, helps serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to Demarkio Wise, left, and about 100 other men from the Shepherd's Inn, the men's facility at the Atlanta Mission, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. Massaquoi, along with teammates Justin Blalock, rear, and Corey Peters, right, served the catered meal at the mission which provides overnight shelter and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Falcons' Jonathan Massaquoi, right, helps serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to Demarkio Wise, left, and about 100 other men from the Shepherd's Inn, the men's facility at the Atlanta Mission, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. Massaquoi, along with teammates Justin Blalock, rear, and Corey Peters, right, served the catered meal at the mission which provides overnight shelter and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Falcons' Jonathan Massaquoi, right, helps serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to Demarkio Wise, left, and about 100 other men from the Shepherd's Inn, the men's facility at the Atlanta Mission, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. Massaquoi, along with teammates Justin Blalock, rear, and Corey Peters, right, served the catered meal at the mission which provides overnight shelter and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Leconya Higtower, right, recieves a turkey from Charlotte Bobcats basketball player Gerald Henderson, center, in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. The Charlotte Bobcats and Wells Fargo partnered to provide 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to low-income families. AP Photo/The Charlotte ObServer, Jeff Wilhelm)
Leconya Higtower, right, recieves a turkey from Charlotte Bobcats basketball player Gerald Henderson, center, in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. The Charlotte Bobcats and Wells Fargo partnered to provide 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to low-income families. AP Photo/The Charlotte ObServer, Jeff Wilhelm) MAGS OUT TV OUT AND NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY
Leconya Higtower, right, recieves a turkey from Charlotte Bobcats basketball player Gerald Henderson, center, in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. The Charlotte Bobcats and Wells Fargo partnered to provide 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to low-income families. AP Photo/The Charlotte ObServer, Jeff Wilhelm)
 Betty Trujillo carries bags of goods during the annual Miami Marlins Ayudan Turkey Distribution at Marlins Park, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Miami. The Marlins and sponsors distributed 1,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving Day fixings to ballpark neighbors. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Betty Trujillo carries bags of goods during the annual Miami Marlins Ayudan Turkey Distribution at Marlins Park, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Miami. The Marlins and sponsors distributed 1,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving Day fixings to ballpark neighbors. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Betty Trujillo carries bags of goods during the annual Miami Marlins Ayudan Turkey Distribution at Marlins Park, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Miami. The Marlins and sponsors distributed 1,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving Day fixings to ballpark neighbors. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, right, places a turkey in Angelica Orengo's bag during the annual Marlins Ayudan Turkey Distribution at Marlins Park, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Miami. The Marlins and sponsors distributed 1,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving Day fixings to ballpark neighbors. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, right, places a turkey in Angelica Orengo's bag during the annual Marlins Ayudan Turkey Distribution at Marlins Park, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Miami. The Marlins and sponsors distributed 1,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving Day fixings to ballpark neighbors. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, right, places a turkey in Angelica Orengo's bag during the annual Marlins Ayudan Turkey Distribution at Marlins Park, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Miami. The Marlins and sponsors distributed 1,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving Day fixings to ballpark neighbors. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
New York Jets NFL football quarterback Mark Sanchez pours a bowl of soup during a visit to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown as part of the team's Thanksgiving Day week celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Jets NFL football quarterback Mark Sanchez pours a bowl of soup during a visit to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown as part of the team's Thanksgiving Day week celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Jets NFL football quarterback Mark Sanchez pours a bowl of soup during a visit to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown as part of the team's Thanksgiving Day week celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Redskins owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya joined Redskins players and local volunteers for the 11th Annual Bank of America Harvest Feast presented by Ryan Homes at FedExField on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya joined Redskins players and local volunteers for the 11th Annual Bank of America Harvest Feast presented by Ryan Homes at FedExField on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya joined Redskins players and local volunteers for the 11th Annual Bank of America Harvest Feast presented by Ryan Homes at FedExField on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

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