NEW YORK, May 17, 2006 – In recognition of Rasheed Wallace’s outstanding efforts in the community, and for his on-going philanthropic work, the NBA announced today it has honored the Pistons All-Star with the Community Assist Award for the month of April. This is the second time Wallace has earned the honor, winning the award in February of 2005.

Despite being in the midst of a playoff run, Rasheed Wallace found the time for his community work and during April he joined forces with the Detroit Pistons to support the “Let’s Make Dreams Come True for Children” Gala and Auction to benefit The Rasheed A. Wallace Foundation.

Wallace and his wife Fatima hosted the event, which raised more than $100,000 for his foundation and included unique memorabilia auctions, including Pistons framed jerseys, photos, and autographed game-worn shoes by Wallace and other NBA superstars such as LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Gala, which was held at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester Hills, Mich., honored Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars for his outstanding efforts as a humanitarian and professional.

In late March, Wallace also unveiled a 5,000 square-foot library at Detroit’s Kettering High School that his foundation renovated in partnership with the Pistons-Palace Foundation and Detroit Pistons Read to Achieve program. The library underwent a complete transformation, including new carpet, paint, computers, books and furniture. The room now features a “College and Career Corner” to assist students in preparing for their future, as well as a reading lounge for students and teachers to relax and pick up a book or access a computer. This season, Wallace also purchased 25 season tickets distributed to a different local non-profit organization or inner city school for each Pistons home game.

“Our programs support our mission of helping children in low income communities, as we have for the past nine years,” said Wallace. “You had to be in the auditorium at Kettering to have felt the love and joy of the students. Their smiles really warmed my heart and the love they showed tells me that my mission will be accomplished.”

The Rasheed A. Wallace Foundation was established in 1997 to promote programs that enhance the quality of life for all people and assist in the recreational and educational development of youth.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Wallace will receive the David Robinson Plaque with the inscription, “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” In addition to the plaque, a $5,000 gift will be given to the Rasheed A. Wallace Foundation.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who reflects the passion the league and its players have for their communities. The other nominees this month included Channing Frye (New York Knicks), Bobby Simmons (Milwaukee Bucks) and Jermaine O’Neal (Indiana Pacers).

NBA Cares is the league's global community outreach initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues. Over the next five years, the league, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids and families can live, learn and play. NBA Cares works with internationally-recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes including: UNICEF; Reading Is Fundamental; Habitat for Humanity; Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Charities Aid Foundation; Feed the Children, and many others.