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Hinrich Benefit Provides Money For Siouxland Kids


Siouxlanders had a chance to spend the day and evening with Sioux City's only NBA player.

Chicago Bull's guard, Kirk Hinrich was in town for his benefit called "Kirk For Kids," with proceeds going to youth groups like Boys and Girls Home as well as the Sanford Center.

The day started with a golf outing with dozens of Siouxlanders, including Hinrich.

But it included several pros like the Sonics Nick Collison who's an Iowa native, and former Creighton and Heelan standout Nate Funk.

Kirk's teammate on the Bulls, Chris Duhon also took part.

There's an auction tonight, involving memorabilia from all the athletes, which could raise a lot of money for area youth.

Hinrich says he glad he can help.

Kirk Hinrich says, "It's always great to be back home. Sioux City is a big part of who I am. It's obviously great to have an event like this. I've been wanting to do this for some time and it's never really worked out in my schedule. It worked out this summer and I thought what better way to do it than have a golf outing. Just love to be outside and it's for a good cause."

While Hinrich tries to enjoy himself at the benefit, he can't help but wonder about his NBA future.

The five-year veteran has always been a Chicago Bull, but last week the team took point guard Derrick Rose with the first pick in this year's draft.

With Rose and Hinrich, add Ben Gordon and Larry Hughes to the mix...and you have a very crowded backcourt.

That's led many to believe someone will be traded, and after his least efficient season in the league, there's a lot of speculation it will be Hinrich.

Hinrich says, "It's the NBA. There's always talk of player movement with everything like that. I plan on being in Chicago, I love the city and I'm excited about our chances this year."

The social hour is going on right now at the Sioux City Country Club.

The dinner and auction get underway at seven.

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