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Drew Timme (right) greeted community members at the local Boost Mobile store, which included giveaways to lucky attendees.

Teaming up with Boost Mobile to help families in need during Thanksgiving, Drew Timme, a junior forward on the Gonzaga University men’s basketball team (3-0), held a meet-and-greet and turkey giveaway event at the wireless company’s store on Wednesday. 

Those in attendance were able to meet Timme, get player cards, a mini basketball and pick up a free Butterball turkey voucher for themselves or someone in need. One lucky winner received a new Boost Mobile Celero 5g Phone. 

Timme appreciated the support of the Spokane community and he saw Wednesday’s event as a way to give thanks and help people during the holidays.

“[The Spokane community] gives so much to us so to be able to give back to people, especially during the holidays when money gets a little tighter, is awesome," Timme said.

Giving out turkeys holds a little extra importance this year as the cost of turkeys has nearly doubled since 2019 due to higher demand and supply chain and labor shortage issues according to a Wells Fargo report.

Sherri Caddy, a resident of Spokane who went to the meet-and-greet, is proud of Timme for setting a good example for others in the community.

“For these guys to get out and do this kind of stuff, I think it’s good,” Caddy said. “A lot of people, a lot of kids look up to these guys. 

Timme’s partnership with Boost Mobile began shortly after the NCAA voted to allow college athletes to benefit from name, image and likeness (NIL) opportunities regardless of their school’s location. 

“Boost [Mobile] is a great company," Timme said. "And they’re all about giving back, too.”

For his NIL activities, Timme is represented by the Seven1 Sports & Entertainment group launched by former NBA stars Jermaine O’Neal and Tracy McGrady. 

Aside from Boost Mobile, Timme also has a NIL deal with Northern Quest Resort & Casino. The signing was announced on Nov. 11.  

Timme’s ability to capitalize on the NIL market should come as no surprise as he’s one of the frontrunners for national player of the year honors. 

In three regular-season games this season, Timme has averaged 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and three assists a game. His most notable performance of the season came in a 86-74 win over No. 8 University of Texas, the fifth-ranked team at the time, when he scored a career-high 37 points. 

Timme’s next game is on Friday when the Zags host Bellarmine University at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

Henry Krueger is a staff writer. Follow him on Twitter: @henrykrveger.

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