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Blazer Nassir Little surprises Oakleaf High School student with grant

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It’s been roughly six months since Nassir Little first launched his youth foundation, the Nassir S. Little Youth Foundation.

But it didn’t take long for the Trail Blazers forward to find ways to give back to the ones who need it most.

On Friday, Jalana Hope, a student at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Florida was caught by surprise when Principal Matthew Boyack interrupted her class to let her know that she was awarded the “Hold On To Your Dreams,” grant from the former alum and Portland Trail Blazer.  

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“One of our former students now playing in the NBA, Nassir Little, is wanting to give back to our community,” the principal said. “So, Ms. Hope over here was actually a winner of our Hold On To Your Dreams grant, and we really appreciate all that you do. You are an excellent representation of OHS and congratulations on your award.”

The grant was created with the “intent to inspire and support youth to continue following their dreams by furthering their artistic and athletic talents,” according to the foundation’s site.


Hope’s classmates cheered as she accepted the award.

Way to go, Jalana!

Per SportsRecruits and Hope’s Twitter profile, she is a middle blocker and outside hitter on the Oakleaf Volleyball Team.

During his freshman and sophomore years, Little attended Oakleaf High School before completing his final two years of high school at Orlando Christian Preparatory and going on to play college ball at North Carolina.

Little was drafted by the Trail Blazers with the No. 25 overall pick in 2019.

The goal of the Nassir S. Little Youth Foundation is to help youth in need of financial assistance to excel with their talent in areas such as education, sports, and performing and visual arts.

When Little launched his foundation, he said he could not wait to “help impact the lives of the next generation.” He’s not wasting any time in helping kids in his former community remember to dream big and follow through in achieving their goals.