Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram embodied the spirit of giving by treating six children from the Santa Monica Police Athletic League (PAL) to a shopping spree last December.

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Ingram invited the young kids to the Adidas store in Santa Monica and gave each kid a $500 gift card. The kids were allowed to purchase shoes and apparel with Ingram as their shopping partner.

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We have the opportunity for a quick chat with Brandon and here are some of our questions with the L.A. Lakers star!

Who has been the biggest influence on your life?

I don’t think I can name only one person. My biggest influence has been my grandmother, my mom, my dad and also my brother.

What do you think you would want to be if you weren’t a basketball player?

Other than basketball I will say something about helping kids, like working on a hospital or something, but my dream was always basketball.

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Which players have you learned the most from so far?

Lou Williams, Luke Walton and definitely Metta World Peace.

Now tell us about your recent amazing surprise with the Santa Monica Police Athletic League kids?

I really enjoyed myself and helping the kids, smiling and enjoying makes a smile on my face. I definitely want to keep doing things for the kids.

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* Photos courtesy of Excel Sports Management

About The Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)

The Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) originated in 1986 to unite the Santa Monica police officers with citizens of the city. PAL offers a myriad of programs, from homework assistance to culinary arts, to college prep.