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Thursday, November 06, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
By Percy Allen
Rashard Lewis was only a few years older than those around him when he initially considered helping the children at the Ronald McDonald House.
The Sonics' forward had just completed his senior year at Alief Elsik High School near Houston before playing in the McDonald's High School All-American Game. Before the game, the All-Stars visited a local charity, where they met children receiving various medical attention.
Five years later, Matt Wade, a former Sonics employee, approached Lewis with a plan to assist the nonprofit organization locally, and this afternoon the two will unveil the "Rashard Lewis Home Theater" at the Ronald McDonald House at Children's Hospital.
"When Matt came to me with the idea, the first thing I remembered was going over to the Children's Hospital and visiting those kids that don't have their parents around them," said Lewis, who donated more than $125,000 to the project.
"They don't have a mom and dad to be there for them everyday all day, and with the movie theater, it's something they can relate to, we can relate, and something you can do everyday."
Antonio Daniels returned to practice this week after missing the first two games with back spasms, but that doesn't mean he'll make his season debut tomorrow against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Daniels' spasms are preventing him from jumping like he used to.
"That's a big part of who I am and what I bring to the table," he said. "Especially playing with guys like Luke (Ridnour) and Brent (Barry), guys who can deliver the ball and give you the opportunity to dunk on somebody."
The Sonics will distribute a magnetic schedule to the first 10,000 fans arriving at tomorrow's game.
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