Donovan Mitchell: Utah’s friendly neighborhood Spidaman

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell will be recognized this week when a bridge at The Gateway is dedicated in his honor.

Jazz fans, community members, local high school sports teams, and residents of The Gateway are expected to be in attendance for the formal dedication Tuesday afternoon.

Mitchell, who joined the Jazz in 2017, has warmed the hearts of Utahns with kind gestures and community outreach.

Here are just a few kind acts by Mitchell over the last few years:

March 2019: Following the Jazz-Hawks game in Atlanta, Mitchell donated $25,000 to Naja Brooks, the daughter of his 4th-grade teacher.  The donation was made through his SPIDACARES foundation and will help her pursue her education at Savannah College of Arts and Design. He also gifted her an autograph pair of his signature Adidas D.O.N kicks.

March 2019: Mitchell speaks out about racism. Following a heated exchange between Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan which allegedly included racial taunts, Mitchel said he will devote some time in the coming months to try to combat racial inequality.

March 2019: Mitchell gives 102-year-old super fan Roberta Morgan, of Logan, a signed pair of his signature shoes.

January 2019: Mitchell gives his shoes away to a young fan from South Jordan.

December 2018: Mitchell surprises local high school students by showing up to game at Kearns High School.

October 2018: Mitchell honors late University of Utah student-athlete Lauren McCluskey following her murder on campus. He wore McCluskey’s name on her shoes and publicly sent his condolences to her family. 

August 2018: Mitchell pays for the iPhone repair for a man who couldn’t afford it. The man’s brother thanked Mitchell in a tweet that went viral. 

August 2018: Mitchell surprises Kearns High School students by showing up and handing out free backpacks and T-shirts. 

August 2018: Mitchell ran into a young girl battling cancer at Cheesecake Factory. When her family asked for a photo, he ran out to his car and signed a pair of shoes for her

These and many other gestures prove Mitchell loves this community. He is constantly finding ways to bring a smile to the faces of his fans young or old, so it’s safe to say Utah loves him right back.  

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