During the NBA draft Marcus was selected to play for the Houston Rockets while Markieff was chosen to play for the Phoenix Suns. We don't want him to be injured. "I'm excited about being able to do it," Thomasine says. The forward played college basketball at Kansas before being drafted 14th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2011 NBA draft.. So it's another way for us all to get together to do something great throughout the year.”Even when the Morrises aren’t together at events, they’re in constant communication to plan them. Follow him on Through Tragedy and Triumph, Willie Reed Has Kept His Basketball Career AliveNBA Champion Festus Ezeli Returns to Nigeria to Reunite with Family, Give Back Through BasketballLakers’ Danny Green Finds Power, Potential Future in Podcasting So if the little bit of time that we use not doing anything, if we could give some of that back to some less fortunate people, then I think that we all will be blessed.
The brothers and their families get plenty of satisfaction out of the connections they’ve formed through FOE.“Since they are in season, you see kind of more of the serious face ‘cause they're working, but when they get a chance to interact with the people at the events, they're so happy, and it's such a genuine feeling,” Amber says of the twins. The Clippers have been short-handed in Orlando and having Marcus Morris back helps considerably, especially after "It's great," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told The Undefeated's Marc Spears.
What started with the usual events Marcus and Markieff would pncludes a yearly trip to All-Star Weekend, where Thomasine and other NBA moms treat local mothers to special events—like this year’s upcoming "Pamper Day" in Charlotte, building on last year's edition in LA. The organization is also putting together a casino night-themed gala in order to fundraise for more events.“You want it to get as big as possible, but at the end of the day, for me, it's not about the end. Morris was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, five minutes after his brother Markieff was taken with the 13th pick by the Phoenix Suns. An NBA basketball player who made it out of where I made it from, they can reach out to you anytime in order to give them some advice.”FOE will treat single mothers in Charlotte to a day of pampering.FOE will host a basketball camp in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, with youth bussed in from Philadelphia. Don't be selfish. Those single parents who do that, they sometimes just need a little extra help just to get by and we want to be those people.” Marcus and Markieff have resolved to do just that through their aptly named Family Over Everything (FOE) Foundation.
Markieff averaged 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds the 2011-12 season with Phoenix. The foundation will also offer free physicals for kids heading back to school.It doesn’t just brighten up the day of those being helped. “We needed that extra push where we can send out flyers, use the radio, any different platforms we needed to touch those families.”What serves Family Over Everything best in reaching families is that the organization itself is comprised of one.
“In Philadelphia, it's getting worse and worse, and you just want to be able to extend a helping hand for guys that made it out, like myself and my brothers.”Markieff says he’ll text, call, even visit the schools of some of the kids he’s met along the way. He was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League on January 2, 2012. From setting up the website and finding everybody’s roles to dealing with the behind-the-scenes paperwork, she spent nearly a year laying the groundwork for an organization that could broaden the brothers’ outreach.“Most of the inner-city families don't have Twitter or have Instagram to look up when somebody's having an event,” Markieff says. Future plans include an extended weekend around the brothers’ yearly basketball camp, which will feature a men’s empowerment event (FOE did a women’s event last year, and will alternate between the two) and celebrity flag football which the Morrises are currently recruiting. "Well, first we got to get him in and cleared. That's the biggest thing. Their time apart lasted an NBA season and a half in their nearly 24 years of life. Morris returned to the Rockets on January 16, was …
FOE brought a tree, decorations, presents and catering to celebrate the holiday at a women’s shelter, at Marcus’ behest. They were doing it because that's just what they do.”Amber suggested going the official route to keep things organized and functioning properly.
Her degree in business management from and experience working for the board of directors at her alma mater helped prepare her for the administrative load.
Markieff is seven minutes older than Marcus.