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Thomas: Scholarships Will Be Paid

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Former UNM star gives statement to local broadcaster

Kenny Thomas responded to a local radio station about Sunday’s story in the Journal that reported on questions about his Kenny Thomas Foundation.

Thomas is a former Lobo basketball and NBA star.

On Monday, Thomas sent a statement to broadcaster Bob Brown and KQTM-FM radio, which provided a copy to the Journal.

In it, Thomas says he will make good on scholarships his foundation promised two Albuquerque High graduates in 2008 that have not yet been paid in full.

The statement:

“I initiated the Kenny Thomas Foundation in an effort to provide assistance to people in need within the Texas and New Mexico communities. And, through my charitable efforts, I will continue to do everything that I can to provide students and others with the same support I was afforded as a youth. Since 2008, my business relationship with my former agent has ended. During that transition, scholarships to Eddie Crawford and Adela Garcia were not paid in full. I would like to personally apologize to Eddie, Adela, and their families for any inconveniences that this may have caused. I will pay them the remaining balances of their scholarships immediately. Regarding this year’s golf tournament, unfortunately the tournament lost money. Due to in-climate weather the success of the event was hampered. We have already started planning for next year’s tournament and anticipate that the event will continue to grow each year. Throughout this year, I have participated in events in support of the Boy’s and Girl’s club. My support included recording a Public Service Announcement for their Gala and visiting the Albuquerque branch earlier this year. I am personally committed to giving back to the city of Albuquerque and nothing and no one will ever get in the way of that.

Regards, Kenny Thomas”

The Journal sent an email to Thomas, his attorney, Ken Harris, and members of the foundation requesting further information.

None responded.

On Monday night, the Journal contacted the mothers of Crawford and Garcia, and read them Thomas’ statement. Both said they hadn’t heard about the statement, but were pleased by the news.

“I think it’s wonderful and we look forward to getting that,” said America Garcia, Adela’s mother. “As I say, I was always thankful and appreciative. And I think it’s wonderful he’s going to fulfil his promise.”

Bernadetta Crawford, Eddie’s mother, said, “Wow, I’ve got chills. I’m excited. It couldn’t have come at a better time, for Eddie, especially, because we had a death in the family and it’s been hard on him. I’m excited. I hope it’s true.”

Thomas’ statement didn’t address other questions in the Journal story, such as who it benefits and its apparent lack of charitable status with the IRS, the New Mexico Attorney General’s office or the Texas Secretary of State.

The Kenny Thomas Foundation held a celebrity golf tournament in October and Thomas was quoted as saying it would “allow my foundation to continue to support local charities such as the Boy’s and Girl’s (sic) club of Albuquerque and other charities in the area.”

Thomas’ wesbite, kennythomasenterprises.com, lists Thomas as a spokesman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of

On Monday, Tim Sheahanpresident of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho said Thomas did do a PSA, along with Al Unser Jr., that was shot at the boys and girls club, but that Thomas is not a spokesperson for the organization.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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