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Zach LaVine put part of his Dunk Contest winnings to a great cause

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Back in February, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine retained the NBA Slam Dunk contest crown after a battle for the ages with the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon.

As well as enhancing his reputation amongst NBA fans and his fellow players as an elite dunker, the 2016 Dunk Contest title also came with a financial reward. Some of which LaVine has put to very good use.

A reported from T'Wolves play-by-play commentator Dave Benz, the second-year star donated $10,000 of his prize money to Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, Minnesota. The money will go towards the building of a kitchen at the school.

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Per the press release revealing LaVine's kind donation, the Minnesota player already has a good relationship with the Metro Deaf School. 

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"LaVine has spent time with the students and hosted a winter-themed holiday party for the school in December," it reads.

The 21-year-old UCLA product could easily have kept all the money for himself  - a reported $100,000 first prize fund - and added it to his NBA earnings.

Instead, he has helped an important part of his local community move towards providing better facilities for those who need it.

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Donating All-Star even winnings to charity has become something of a trend in recent years.

Back in 2015, Victor Oladipo partnered with 'Dunk Cancer' to give away some of his earnings, while Paul George, Terrence Ross and John Wall donated $100,000 to the American Heart Association and U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2014 when the Dunk Contest was split into a conference vs conference team competition.

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