At 4 p.m. on Friday, Mayor A C Wharton will declare December 27th to be "Zach Randolph Day" in a ceremony at Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2856 Hickory Hill.
The honor is intended as a way to thank Randolph for his charitable contributions. Randolph will be present and signing autographs at the event.
Over the years, Randolph has paid electric bills for people who couldn't afford them.
“I remember my first year in Memphis, it was real hot out so I paid a bunch of people’s electric bills,” Randolph told ProsGiveBack.com. “I remember it was real bad and people didn’t have air conditioning so I wanted to make a difference, so I paid their bills for a month so they wouldn’t have to worry about it for the time being."
He's contributed funds to the Grizzlies charitable foundation to ensure that children from the Boys & Girls Club get Christmas gifts. And he's donated large sums to the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association among other charitable contributions.
He also rescued a pit bull that was stuck in a drain pipe near the Shelby Farms Greenline. The dog had heartworms and skin infections, and it was taken in the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans . Randolph donated $10,000 to cover the dog's medical expenses. The pup was named Little Z-Bo.