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How a couple lucky kids from Fresno wound up in San Antonio on Easter weekend

Stars come home to offer shopping spree for families

Former San Joaquin Memorial High star and NBA veteran Quincy Pondexter and world-ranked tennis player Sloane Stephens came home Christmas Eve to help Fresno families with a shopping spree at the West Shaw Avenue Target.
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Former San Joaquin Memorial High star and NBA veteran Quincy Pondexter and world-ranked tennis player Sloane Stephens came home Christmas Eve to help Fresno families with a shopping spree at the West Shaw Avenue Target.

A couple of Fresno “kids” were playing on big stages this weekend in San Antonio.

Quincy Pondexter is seeing limited playing time with the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round NBA playoff series against the Denver Nuggets.

Sloane Stephens is on the U.S. Fed Cup tennis team playing Switzerland.

They were both busy Saturday afternoon, Pondexeter in Game 4 of the playoffs at the AT&T Center and Stephens in her first-day singles match at the next-door Freeman Coliseum.

Pondexter told the San Antonio Express-News that he hoped to see Stephens’ Sunday match. He said that both being in town on the same weekend is “very, very cool.

“We are best friends, we are family. To support each other during the season, especially at such a pivotal time, is really, really awesome. Her being at the Fed Cup and me being in the playoffs, we are just lucky kids from Fresno.”

How lucky? Pondexter, 31, has extended his NBA career to a seventh season despite missing two years recovering from injuries and a staph infection that nearly killed him.

Stephens, 26, is ranked No. 8 in the world and won the 2017 U.S. Open.

Both are active in their hometown, including hosting a Christmas Eve shopping spree for needy families.

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