NBA player surprises domestic violence survivor with car
INDIANAPOLIS — When Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award at the end of last season, he was given a Kia.
On Sunday, he gave the car to Renita Hills, a survivor of domestic violence.
“I’ve heard part of your story, and I think you’re an inspiration to so many people — and you’re a survivor,” Oladipo said in a video, which was shown on the center scoreboard at the Pacers home game against the Washington Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“I love giving back to the community of Indianapolis. So, surprise! This car is actually for you.”
Boomer, the Pacers mascot, gave a visibly stunned Hills the keys.
“In that moment, I thought I was going to melt into my shoes,” Hills told CNN affiliate WISH.
Hills works as an advocate with the Julian Center, which supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Indiana. While she had been experiencing some recent car trouble herself, Hills said she had been told she would be receiving the car on behalf of someone too shy to be part of the ceremony.
“It was absolutely amazing,” Hills told WISH. “Very humbling.”