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Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Trevor Booker to start charitable foundation with help from Carolina connection

Trevor Booker was excited to announce that he removed the cast from his broken right foot and would have to move around in a protective boot for the next three to four weeks. “Should be fine,” Booker wrote on his Twitter feed.


Alright, who’s got my back? (Rick Bowmer - AP)
Booker’s week is getting better, as the rookie is set to establish a non-profit charitable foundation this offseason with some assistance from his teammates, most notably Josh Howard. Howard has already expressed a desire to return to Washington as a free agent, but who knows if he will be back with the Wizards next season? Either way, Howard will continue to stay connected with his teammates this offseason as the veteran forward has hooked up with Booker to host a five-on-five basketball tournament in Mauldin, S.C., from June 9-12.

John Wall and Andray Blatche have both committed to sponsoring teams for the tournament and are expected to attend the event, along with other celebrity guests. Howard and Wall are natives of North Carolina and Booker is from South Carolina, where Blatche spends some time in the summer with family.

The Trevor Booker & Josh Howard Tru Ballers 5on5 Basketball Tournament is open to men 17 or older and carries a registration fee of $500 per team, with the winning team receiving a $5,000 prize. Teams have until May 25 to register by calling 864-346-7216 or 202-600-0623, or emailing truballers5on5@gmail.com.

The tournament is the first event to raise funds for the Trevor Booker Foundation, and it is produced in conjuction with the Josh Howard Foundation and the city of Mauldin, which is near Booker’s hometown of Union. Booker usually participated in functions and programs for Howard’s foundation this season in Washington, so Howard decided to return the favor by helping Booker get his off the ground.

Booker averaged 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds during a rookie season that started off slowly and was shut down just as he got rolling. He stepped down to box out late in a loss against Denver on March 25 and missed the final 11 games.

“I was pleased with my season overall,” Booker said two weeks ago. “I thought I did a pretty good job. I was just upset I got injured in the end. I thought I was Ironman. It was a rough rookie season, overall, as a team, but at the end, I saw we improved and have something to look forward to next year.”

Booker said the Wizards got better once they stopped trying to be nice and started to hold each other more accountable. “Josh was the first one to do it. Him being a vet, he got upset about things, he started speaking his mind and people started to realize after that. That helped out.”

As for his summer, Booker said he wouldn’t be able to start his offseason workouts for nearly a month and later plans on taking his family on a cruise. “I’ve been saving up,” said Booker, who had no problem admitting that he will live in the same house that he grew up in this summer -- especially with a possible lockout looming.

The 6-foot-7 Booker said he will focus on his ball-handling and jump shot to help move easier between both forward positions. “Whatever they need me. If I can get my shot down, I’ll be a whole different NBA player. I just got to get my foot right, first. Then, I’m going to go hard after that.”

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