KIA COMMUNITY ASSIST AWARD: CHRIS PAUL

As much as Clippers superstar Chris Paul has a passion for winning, he has a passion for giving back to the community.

Paul has made participating in community activities and contributing to charitable organizations a priority throughout his nine-year career.

On Monday, Paul was nominated as one of 10 players chosen as finalists for the NBA’s annual KIA Community Assist Award, which recognizes the player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to its communities. The winner will determined by a panel of judges as well as an end-of-season voting platform via the league’s social media channels, which opened Monday.

Over the past season alone, he has distributed meals to families for Thanksgiving in his hometown of Winston Salem, NC as well as Los Angeles, hosted holiday events for children in need, encouraged healthy living by participating in a 3K Walk in Los Angeles with more than 3,000 children and hosted a basketball clinic for kids at All-Star Weekend.

Paul’s dedication to serving the community has transcended his hometown and imprint in Los Angeles, however. He has continued to fund the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund at Wake Forest University, his alma mater, and his foundation runs the CP3 Afterschool Zone in New Orleans.

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