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Remembering Bobby Phills

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Kendall Phills became a single mom of two on January 12th, 2000 when her husband, former Charlotte Hornets player, Bobby Phills, was killed in a car accident.

"I wasn't going to give up and that God chose my family. He knew just how much I can take," says Phills.

All alone, raising two babies on her own, she received an outpouring of support.

"The city of Charlotte is simply amazing. They say it takes a village to raise a family and I just had a lot of people to pour into my life,"  says Phills

She wanted to give back to a community that helped her during the hardest time in her life.

So, she started "The Bobby Phills' Foundation."

It focuses on spreading a positive word in the community through academics and athletics.

"We give need based scholarships and just give back to the community and to less fortunate kids and families so I'll always be a giver and a philanthropist at heart because I've instilled it in them," says Phills.

Son, Trey, is already active in the foundation's efforts.

"When I started the "Safe Driving Campaign, my son was three years old and he had this big shoes to fill. Now, he's wearing the exact same size as his father. He's filled those shoes now and he's such a responsible kid.  I can't wait for him to spread a positive message about making the right choices behind the wheel of a car," says Phills.

Trey was just three and Kerstie, one when they lost their dad . Now, fourteen years later, they are all grown up. Both are gifted academically and on the basketball court. Trey even had a 5.0 GPA this school year.

"So, we try our hardest to work the best in the classroom and on the court and I mean my mom, she always enforces in us to work our hardest whenever and give the glory to God," says Phills' son, Trey Phills.

"Well, basketball is a big part of our lives and we're super competitive.  We play school ball, we play AAU, and I just love the game," says Phills' daughter, Kerstie Phills.

They are excited about the Hornets name coming back, but are hoping something else comes back too...Bobby Phills' no. 13 Hornets jersey.

The jersey was moved to New Orleans when the Hornets relocated there.

"Well, actually, just today I went to the post office and sent a jersey to somebody who said he looked up to him, He reached out to me and was like hey, I look up to you too and I was like well, you're older than me so how does that work but it's like a real blessing to see people still remember a piece of my family," says Trey.

Kendall hopes to see Phills' jersey return to Charlotte for the fans and for her kids.

"It would mean the world to me to have that no.13 hanging in the rafters.  I can't imagine how it would make them feel to look up..he's already like our guardian angel," says Kendall Phills.

The fan support has been tremendous.

"I want to thank them for not forgetting about us and for their support to get my husband's jersey back," says Kendall Phills.

Right now, the jersey hangs in the New Orleans pelicans arena practice court but Kendall believes...

"Charlotte is where his jersey belongs."

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