CONCORD – To say the least, things are good for Codi Miller-McIntyre.
The Cabarrus County-bred basketball player is coming off two weeks in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League in which he played at a high level for the Los Angeles Lakers, and even gained the gaze of a national audience when he nearly posted just the second triple-double in summer league history.
About a week later, Miller-McIntyre learned his professional playing career will continue going strong when he signed a contract to play in Slovenia.
And his clothing line, CMMPatience, is growing each and every day.
But for Miller-McIntyre, he wants to accomplish more, and it has nothing to do with basketball.
On Aug. 3, Miller-McIntyre is hosting the second annual “4 The City Back-to-School Cookout” at New Life Baptist Church in Concord. The event, presented by CMMPatience, will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in New Life’s Annie Streater Dream Center.
In a traditional sense, the Saturday afternoon event will indeed be a cookout, with plenty of food and entertainment provided to the public free of charge. But the event’s purpose is about so much more, which is why Miller-McIntyre pours his heart and soul – and wallet – into it.
It’s for those less fortunate.
Before, during and after the cookout, Miller-McIntyre is taking donations to raise money for back-to-school supplies for children throughout the county as well as provide much-needed supplies to the Church of God Children’s Home of North Carolina, which is located in Concord.
Miller-McIntyre wants to make it clear that a donation is not required to attend the cookout.
“I just want to have a random cookout on a random Saturday to come out and enjoy free food, free entertainment, a good vibe,” he stressed. “We’ll also have some guest speakers – certain people that I know who are successful in different fields of life.”
This is a project Miller-McIntyre began last summer, when he began establishing a non-profit organization here, and this year, he hopes to expand its reach.
“My plan is to every year add something new to the event,” said Miller-McIntyre, who has spent three years playing professionally overseas. “Last year, it was strictly back-to-school supplies. This year, the main topic for my event is providing for a local children’s home that’s maybe 15 minutes from my house.
“Thirty percent of the money,” he added, “will go to back-to-school supplies for the children, and the other 70 percent will go to getting supplies for the children’s home – toilet tissue, new bedding, maybe clothes. And they even have a sponsorship program, where you can do a minimum of $25 per month for each kid. So the money we make will split evenly throughout the children’s home for each kid that goes there, and I think there are maybe 26 or 27 kids at the children’s home.”
Miller-McIntyre attended Northwest Cabarrus High School and later spent a season at cfa Academy before moving on to Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He went on to become a 1,300-point scorer at Wake Forest University and earned his degree in 2016.
Since then, he’s played in Belgium and Russia, and also had a stint in the NBA’s G League. Last year, he played Summer League with the Toronto Raptors, and earlier this month was a point guard with the Lakers’ summer squad.
He made it count, averaging 9.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Miller-McIntyre ranked fourth among all players in assists. And in a game against the Golden State Warriors, he came up just three points shy of a triple-double, totaling seven points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Many NBA teams took notice, but were mostly offering G League opportunities again. When Miller-McIntyre and his agent received what he called “a good offer” from Cedevita Olimpija of the highly respected EuroCup league, he was set to continue head to Slovenia.
But before he goes, Miller-McIntyre said he has business to attend to in Cabarrus County, starting with another “4 The City Back-to-School Cookout.”
To help raise revenue this year, he’s created a GoFundMe page, and he’s sending e-mail to family, friends and former teammates so they can, in turn, make donations on his website, www.cmmpatience.com.
Miller-McIntyre’s goal is to raise $5,000 by Thursday, and he plans to match that total with his own money.
Why is this cookout so important to a 25-year-old who’s still working to fulfill all his basketball dreams?
For Miller-McIntyre it’s simple.
“I think that there’s a lot of people in this world who have made a certain amount of success, whether it’s financially, being able to wake up and live comfortably, or just gaining a lot of wisdom through life experience,” he said. “And I think any person who is successful should be willing to give back some of what they earned.
“That’s one of my biggest things: I want to make sure everything that I’m doing in life is for a purpose, and not just strictly for Codi Miller-McIntyre. So for me, this event is big to be able to raise enough money to support random kids, just to show them that there’s somebody out here that thinks about them and cares for them and is willing to do something to help.
“That’s why I think it’s important for people like myself, who has had a little bit of success, to come in and try to help anyway I can.”
Want to help?
To provide a donation to the “4 The City Cookout Back-to-School Cookout,” visit www.gofundme.com and type either “Codi Miller-McIntyre” or “4 The City Cookout” into the search engine.
Donations also may be made by visiting www.cmmpatience.com.