Eric Snow, the compassionate point guard is lead back to the “State of Basketball”

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Justin Mangan
Eric Snow, the compassionate point guard is lead back to the “State of Basketball”

Former Michigan State point guard, Eric Snow yet again returns to the state of Michigan; this time the former Ohio native appears with the Cleveland Cavaliers to avenge our beloved Detroit Pistons in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Although the point guard’s college career ended in 1995, he still bleeds the Spartan green. During the off-season, Snow often ventures out to East Lansing to show his loyalty with his former team. Here, he assists the young Spartans during practices while giving them valuable advice. Being a current NBA player this guidance could go a long way. And as most of us know being Spartan fans, it’s tough not to like a guy who continues to give back to his al matte. Snows greeting at the Palace displayed just that, as he received a warm reception as several signs were raised by loyal Spartan fans.

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Snows excellence doesn’t stop on the basketball court; by establishing his “Shoot for the Moon Foundation” he has compiled over $120,000 worth of donations that he has gained national recognition for. As a recipient of the 2005 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, Snow’s efforts through his community have been well documented by helping underprivileged children and families. Most recently noted is the work that Snow has done to relieve the victims of the Katrina Hurricane. By collecting over $60,000 for the Gulf Coast victims, he continued his goal in giving a helping hand. By consistently continuing to aid the deprived with his passionate efforts, he has become a hero not only on the court, but also off.

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For many sports fans, opinions on athletes are gained by the statistics written in box scores on a daily basis. If a basketball player averages nearly thirty points per game, fans will flock; based solely on this, regardless of who they really are. But fans need to sometimes look past statistics. They need to see what they are doing to their community and what players actually think about their fans. For Eric Snow, he may not be an MVP caliber player, an endorsement commercial icon, or even a consistent All-Star. But what he has done goes far beyond the game of basketball. The humanitarian’s efforts have gained Snow a different level of respectability; one that know one can ever take away from him.

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Have you ever seen an interview with Eric Snow, regarding Michigan State? We’ll let me be the first to tell you, he still loves East Lansing. As Hondo found out, Snow still speaks in high regards to the University. Maybe this is why the point guard continues to come back to Spartan Nation. With so many memories of him playing it is hard not to blame him. Basketball in East Lansing has become a special place; not only for the players, but fans as well. Whether it is “the big man” taking it to the hole, or another face painted fan in the Izzone, memories continue to flourish. And this is why Snow returns for more.

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With the Cavaliers down two games to none to our Pistons, it seems almost impossible for Snow and the city of Cleveland to rally back. It may have even been the last visit that Snow will make to the Palace this season. But the next time you watch the former Spartan play, remember all the memories he made on the court in East Lansing; the money he has donated; the lives he’s helped. For we can only hope, that after his season ends, he will once again pay another visit to the Spartans and help prepare for their upcoming season; and for that, we will praise Eric Snow.

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