Kenrich Williams helps his family in Homeland

By | November 23, 2022

By Nick Gallo | Broadcast Reporter and Digital Editor | okcthunder.com

Watch: Kenrich Williams fills carts and hearts

Tuesday afternoon, Tristan Rainge, 13, stood behind his 8-year-old little sister Talia, crossing his arms and resting them gently over her head – an indication of affection that solely has that means for siblings. Wanting on the 6ft 7in Kenrich Williams, the slightest teenage toughness fell from Tristan’s face. He had develop into a childhood marvel once more.

The Thunder ahead was talking to the Rainge household contained in the Homeland website in northeast Oklahoma Metropolis, letting them know they had been about to embark on a free buying spree for them, simply in time for Thanksgiving week.

It was the primary Homeland Purchasing journey the Thunder had been capable of host with a participant because the begin of Feb. 26, 2020, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on in-person alternatives for gamers to present again. Williams, who did not even be part of the Thunder till November 2020, had no thought what a homeland buying spree was like and had by no means attended such an intimate neighborhood occasion earlier than.

“It is an incredible occasion. It is in all probability one of the vital hands-on occasions I’ve completed since I have been within the league — since enjoying basketball, interval,” Williams mentioned. giving again on this method is an incredible feeling.”

Tristan and Talia’s mom, Alanna, additionally has two different youngsters – Tania and Tylain, 6, who turned 9 on Tuesday and had been nearly cracking her birthday current to work together with a Thunder participant. When Williams entered the constructing, the kids had been all crammed in and round a grocery cart, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their shock particular visitor. After just a few introductions, they wandered the aisles selecting out the requirements and a few treats too.

“My thoughts remains to be racing. There are not any phrases,” Alanna mentioned. “My birthday boy, he was extraordinarily excited. He simply came upon. Everybody else knew about it, however he did not.

The Rainge household was nominated for this particular shock by Freedom Metropolis OKC, a corporation that helps youngsters with tutoring in math and studying in addition to broader considerations resembling constructing a imaginative and prescient for his or her future and well being. psychological.

The Thunder and Homeland partnership started in 2008 when the workforce moved to Oklahoma Metropolis, and every year the gamers and Rumble have performed a significant position in shocking households in want with an additional enhance with races. in the course of the holidays. By the tip of the occasion, Williams had one other shock up her sleeve – one other Homeland reward card that the Rainge household can use every time they want it.

“It feels good to have a participant right here, to present again to the neighborhood and to have a deserving household,” Homeland retailer supervisor Shane Davis mentioned. “We’ve got constantly been capable of assist underprivileged youngsters and households over the previous 15 years. It is an important partnership to have.

Williams has a well-documented love for Oklahoma Metropolis and signed to stick with the Thunder long-term and was honored to be the participant who helped deliver the occasion again to its finest form – when he has that non-public contact. He remembers what it was prefer to be a single dad or mum and has deep empathy for the way the Rainge household felt on Tuesday.

“Rising up, I did not have a lot. I struggled as a child. My mother, she all the time discovered a method,” Williams mentioned. “If I had one thing like that, it could have made it rather a lot higher. To have the ability to be on the ball is a superb feeling. It is rather a lot higher than going out and scoring factors.

In a shocking twist, Alanna hails from Waco, Texas, the identical hometown as Williams. Alanna moved to Oklahoma when her mom fell unwell, and identical to Williams has made Oklahoma Metropolis her dwelling ever since. It additionally seems that Alanna was volunteered by her household to host Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, so this Thunder shock could not have come at a greater time.

“We’re simply going to be actually grateful that there are nonetheless good individuals on this planet who like to assist out and provides again to the neighborhood,” Alanna mentioned. “It is very nice to know it is nonetheless there.”