February 23rd, 2024

Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic gives ‘assist’ to children’s hospitals

By The Canadian Press on January 24, 2024.

Toronto Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic watches from the sideline during the first half of a pre-season NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

TORONTO – Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic and his wife Gaga have pledged to help three children’s hospitals.

Rajakovic says he will donate to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and a children’s hospital in Belgrade, Serbia.

A contribution of US$20 will be made for every assist recorded by the Raptors this season.

The final amount will be distributed to all three hospitals at season’s end.

Toronto averages 29.6 assists per game this season, second most in the NBA.

The Raptors are on a 27-game streak of 25 or more assists per game, the longest active streak in the NBA and the fourth longest in NBA history in a single season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2024.

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