The NBA has just announced its 10 athletes up for the Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Fans have the chance to vote for their favorite player on social media. The winning player will be announced at the NBA Awards Show in June and will receive 25K to donate to their charity of choice.
Check out the list of the nominees and some of the work they’ve been doing below.
LeBron James and his family foundation welcomed its inaugural class of nearly 240 3rd and 4th-grade students at the I PROMISE SCHOOL (IPS). LeBron also works to eliminate the barriers IPS parents may face by offering GED classes, job placement services, legal support, medical care, financial education, mental health services, free haircuts, and a fully-stocked food pantry for all IPS families.
After losing his mother to breast cancer in 2012, Dwight Powell prioritizes easing the burden of families dealing with cancer so parents don’t have to choose between paying for treatment and taking care of their family members. As such, Dwight hosted 120 survivors at “A Night of Hope” fundraiser where they announced a $610,000 gift to UT Southwestern Cancer.
Damian Lillard is an advocate for driving generational change for high-need, Portland high school students. Seven years after Damian launched the RESPECT program at Parkrose and Roosevelt High Schools, Roosevelt reported their highest graduation rate in 10 years, reduced fighting and increased overall attendance, while Parkrose HS had 5,000 fewer unexcused absences, reduced tardiness and increased participation in extracurricular activities.
Khris Middleton’s passion for mentorship and education is demonstrated through his long-standing relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Milwaukee and Charleston, SC, and pledged $1 million to his high school in Charleston, SC. Most notably, Khris launched his first annual “12 Days of Khrismas” in December where he engaged over 1,000 educators, foster families, single mothers, and small businesses in Milwaukee and Charlotte
As an active Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School board member, Mike Conley consistently donates to the Grizzlies Foundation and hosts several events and fundraisers each season. In December, Mike donated $200,000 to the Grizzlies Foundation to support Grizzlies Prep.
Pascal strives to leave a lasting legacy both in Toronto and his native Africa. As an ambassador for Right To Play, Pascal advocates for training 750 youth leaders to run programming in 50 local schools and community centers – impacting over 65,000 lives in Africa.
Jarrett Allen has a strong focus on empowering youth through STEM, building self-confidence, and discovering personal passions. This season, Jarrett helped launch the Brooklyn NETSTEM program – using basketball to teach kids the principles of probability at Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School.
Bradley Beal is passionate about mentoring the next generation of men to be the positive example he feels he never had growing up. As such, Bradley adopted Ron Brown High School, a local all-male public high school in Washington D.C for the school year, and commits to at least two school visits each month
Tobias Harris is known for his passion for mentorship. This season, Tobias hosted more than 40 girls from Team Up Philly for a “Game Changers: Women in Sports, Tech & Literacy” panel discussion to empower girls living in underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods to lead healthy, confident and successful lives.
Throughout the season, he led school visits, basketball camps, and performed random acts of kindness. In August, the Mitchell family surprised students at Kearns High School to hand-deliver 300 backpacks to exemplary students in need and spoke on the possibilities that education creates. Donovan also attended the Boys & Girls Clubs’ “Strikes for Kids” bowling fundraiser and gifted 100 students with backpacks and school supplies.
Congrats to everyone nominated.