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HORNETS NAME STEVE HETZEL ASSISTANT COACH

June 18, 2014 – Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has added Steve Hetzel as an assistant coach on the staff of Head Coach Steve Clifford.

 

Hetzel joins the Hornets after spending last season as head coach of the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League.  Under Hetzel’s leadership, the Charge posted a 28-22 record, finishing second in the East Division and earning the seventh seed in the D-League playoffs.

 

Before moving to Canton, Hetzel spent four seasons with the Detroit Pistons as player development coach, where he was responsible for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of individual players and assisting with their growth throughout the season.  Prior to joining the Pistons, Hetzel served as video coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2006-09.  He got his start in the NBA as assistant video coordinator with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005-06.

 

Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.

 

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The Charlotte Hornets today announced that Rod Higgins has stepped down as the team’s President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately.

The Charlotte Hornets today announced that Rod Higgins has stepped down as the team’s President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately.

 

 

“I would like to thank Rod for his seven years of dedication to this organization,” said Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan. “Rod has been a consummate professional throughout his time with the team. Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we have an improved roster and we are poised for success in the future. Rod was of great help to me as I navigated my first four years as majority owner of this franchise. I wish him all the best.”

 

Rich Cho will remain in his capacity as General Manager and assume responsibility for the team’s basketball operations. He will report to Jordan and Vice Chairman Curtis Polk.

 

Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.

 

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CHARLOTTE HORNETS, FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS/SPORTSOUTH AND LOWE’S DONATE $250,000 TO CMS TEACHER INNOVATION FUND

June 9, 2014 – The Charlotte Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s made a $250,000 donation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Foundation earlier today at Hornets Nest Elementary School as part of the first community service initiative since the Hornets name returned to Charlotte. The donation was specifically earmarked for the Teacher Innovation Fund, a new fund established by the Hornets that empowers teachers to successfully implement strategies to educate and prepare every child to graduate.

 

In addition to the donation, the three organizations surprised Hornets Nest Elementary School third- grade teacher Michelle Fox-Massey and first-grade teacher Sarah Norris with $5,000 grants from the Teacher Innovation Fund. Volunteers from the Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s worked on various beautification and refurbishment projects at the school throughout the day, while also delivering Thank You kits to all 9,600 teachers at all 160 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

 

The Hornets also announced today the re-brand of the team’s charitable foundation as the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. The Charlotte Hornets Foundation will continue to focus on three pillars within the community: Education, Hunger and Wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please visit http://www.hornets.com.   

 

Including today’s donation, the Hornets and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth have now contributed nearly $1 million to Charlotte-Mecklenburg communities since 2010. In 2010, the two organizations gave $250,000 to CMS to help fund middle school sports.  In 2012, they partnered to donate a 26-foot, 14,000-pound refrigerated mobile pantry to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina that was funded by a $250,000 cash donation. In 2013, they made a $200,000 contribution toward the sponsorship of Y Achievers, a YMCA of Greater Charlotte program that operates in partnership with CMS.

 

The Hornets and Lowe’s continue to partner around the importance of education in the Charlotte community. Today the re-branded Book Bus, a full-service literacy bus that the two organizations launched last season, was unveiled. The Book Bus travels year-round throughout Charlotte to encourage reading and distributes books to area youth. In its first year, the Book Bus made more than 100 visits, distributed nearly 4,000 books and drove 2,200 miles. The Hornets and Lowe’s also partner in providing $50,000 in educational grants annually to local non-profit organizations.  

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Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan places his handprints in cement at Hornets Nest Elementary School as part of the first community initiative of the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. Jordan, along with executives and staff from the Hornets, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Lowe’s, participated in various beautification and refurbishment projects as part of the Day of Service event.

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