Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins provides tickets for local youth

Kendrick Perkins visited White Fields on Saturday and was moved by what he saw. White Fields offers a long-term home for boys ages 8 to 18, who are in the permanent custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: February 24, 2013
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Growing up in Beaumont, Texas, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins was without parents by the age of 5.

His father, Kenneth, left his family to play pro basketball overseas. His mother, Ercell, was shot and killed while working at a local beauty salon.


Perkins wound up being raised by his grandparents, Raymond and Mary Lewis, who became his legal guardian.

Raymond worked for Gulf States Asphalt Co. and made $400 a month. Mary cleaned houses and made about $60 a week.

“Grew up in a very poor household,” Perkins said. “We ended up making it work.”

Perkins came to the aid of some abused and neglected local boys when he purchased 30 tickets to the Thunder's game Sunday night against the Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Founded 13 years ago in Piedmont, White Fields offers a long-term home for boys ages 8 to 18, who are in the permanent custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division. Its mission is “to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs … with counseling and guidance.”

White Fields provides residential cottages and an on-campus school with opportunities for recreation, mentoring, community involvement and mental-health treatment for recovery and healing.

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