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Article from Gazeta Wyborcza - February 21st 2011

He was a reporter during the all-star game, won a kissing contest during valentines day, two thousand zlotes gathered thanks to selling of his autographed shoes were given to a day room facility for children threatened with pathology. Torey Thomas of PGE Turow Zgorzelec I someone more than just a basketball player.

American point guard of Turow will be 26 this Saturday. In one of the best Polish teams he’s achieving 12,6 points and 5,1 assists per game. He’s a good player but not a superstar. There were and will be a lot of players like him in Poland.

But not many of the Polish League players are so active off court. – I studied sociology, the science about human behavior and everything that happens around me is extremely interesting. I don’t force myself to do anything, that’s my nature and I do it with pleasure – says Thomas, whose outside sports initiatives are hard to count.

You can start from the internet website – GoTorey.com is a rich platform where the player is connecting with fans using blogging capabilities and videos – Torey runs his website in order to stay in contact with his fans and family – he is as much involved in running the website as he is in playing basketball – says Dariusz Ejkiewicz, one of the website creators.

On Gotorey.com we are able to watch video reports and interviews with the participants of January’s All-Star Game in Kalisz, in which Torey took part. Fans can see game reports from Turow but the recent hit is a valentine’s day battle between Torey and his teammate, David Jackson. In a Zgorzelec shopping mall in half a minute Torey kissed 16 ladies, while his friend – 12.

The action with most publicity was a charity auction that originated from Thomas. Player auctioned his autographed sneakers and raised almost 2,000 zlotes (equivalent of around $714). The money was given to day room Gawrosz, which organizes free time for kids from poor families and ones that are threatened with pathology.

We are grateful for each zloty, those 2,000 zlotes are a lot for us. Huge thank you to Torey and people who helped out. The money will be used for a spring mountain trip – this way we will fulfill Torey’s advice for healthy living. – Marta Fleszar of Gawrosz, about Torey’s auction.

I love what I do and I know that basketball can be a tool to achieve other goals. Helping out other people and self enrichment – says Thomas, denial of a stereotype basketball-hiphopper interested only in his own statistics and earning money.

From the players I remember, Torey definitely is on top. He cares very much about what he does and engages fully in all of the actions – says Turow manager Waldemar Luczak. Social actions that Thomas does greatly fit in with the strong actions of Tauron Basket Liga in this field – Basketball players of most teams visit hospitals, schools, pre-schools.

Definitely Thomas’ biggest project is the New York based Ny Blaze – Basketball club that sole purpose is not only to learn the game but also help in studies and solving of family problems. – Thanks to the involvement of my sisters and all of the goodhearted people we are able to help kids, study the life and open up to the world. I want them to know that it’s worth to go to college – explains Thomas.

Better than Pippen

Thomas is a basketball globetrotter – before coming to Poland he played in Sweden, Holland, Turkey and France. In the first listed country he had a chance to play in an exhibition game against a team that had Scottie Pippen on their roster – six time NBA champion, friend of Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. Pippen had 21 points in that game, Thomas – one more. I got that game on DVD – says smiling Turow player.

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7 Comments to TBL. GoTorey.com, the hero from Zgorzelec

  1. Lou February 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Love IT! I am so Glad that they were able to capture the true essence of you and not just the BBall Player.

  2. chicho February 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    yo bb boy 16 girlds in 30 seconds thats hads to be a guines.jejejjejeje.cant wait for u to come down and show me how its doneeeeeeeeeeeeeee.one love.my man its hero yo send me a plane ticket coming to see right away.always proud of u.and keep working hard averything u do like the raising money for charity.definely our hero.

  3. Aro February 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    “Better than Pippen

    Thomas is a basketball globetrotter – before coming to Poland he played in Sweden, Holland, Turkey and France. In the first listed country he had a chance to play in an exhibition game against a team that had Scottie Pippen on their roster – six time NBA champion, friend of Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. Pippen had 21 points in that game, Thomas – one more. I got that game on DVD – says smiling Turow player.”

    Can you share with us these video game? 😀
    GoodLuck in next game with Polpharma!

    • admin March 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Aro I will definitely share this video with you once I get back home the video is at my house in New York!! But you can look on my facebook page I have photos playing against Scottie Pippen!!

  4. Shana March 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Great Article Bro…it just keeps getting better and All praises due to Allah…Keep up the incredible work…Love you, Big Sis!!!

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