NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2006 – In recognition of Chris Paul’s outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic work, the NBA announced today it has honored the New Orleans/Oklahoma Hornets guard with the Community Assist Award for September.

Following his summer with USA Basketball at the World Championships in Japan, Paul had a busy September participating in a number of community-focused events including his first annual Winston-Salem Weekend in conjunction with his newly established CP3 Foundation. The three-day event included a community youth forum and a basketball clinic for local children at the West Forsyth Family YMCA and a fundraiser celebrity bowling tournament featuring NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony highlighting the celebrity list. The proceeds from the weekend benefited the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Paul's late grandfather. The Scholarship Fund raises money to send one student from his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. to his alma mater Wake Forest University. Paul and his family established the CP3 Foundation in partnership with The Winston-Salem Foundation to support charitable causes of great importance to them. All donations received will be added to the CP3 Foundation's community outreach efforts.

The 2006 T-Mobile Rookie of the Year also traveled back to New Orleans for Kenny Smith's Hurricane Katrina Relief Weekend. While there, Paul joined Smith and the other NBA players and volunteers to work with Feed The Children to provide boxes of food and supplies for New Orleans residents. He also worked with Habitat for Humanity to help construct a home as the recovery efforts continue in the Crescent City. At the end of month, Paul returned to Oklahoma City to film Public Service Announcements championing the causes of leadership, literacy and healthy living.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Paul 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 his charity of choice.

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 giving back to their communities.

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 service to communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids and families can live, learn or 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.