SAN ANTONIO, March 23 -- NBA Commissioner David Stern presented San Antonio center David Robinson with the NBA's newly designed Community Assist Award bearing Robinson's name on Sunday, before the Spurs' game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the SBC Center.

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Davis Robinson was presented with the newly designed Community Assist Award bearing his name.
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"Not only is David Robinson one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all-time, but he has proven, time and time again, that he is one of the greatest community leaders in the history of professional sports," said Stern. "The entire NBA Family thanks him for all he has done for our game, for our fans and for our communities."

Future winners of the NBA Community Assist Award 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, the NBA will make a contribution to Robinson's Carver Academy in San Antonio.

The NBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly throughout the year by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who reflects the passion that the league and its players show in their communities. All 29 NBA teams are able to nominate a player for the award each month.

The NBA, its teams and players are committed to programs that improve the quality of life for all people and has created and implemented programs that address important social issues, with a special emphasis on reading and online literacy initiatives for children. The NBA and its 29 teams make a difference in North America through the Read to Achieve Program, donations to charities and the implementation of community outreach initiatives, and through the production and airing of public service announcements.

About The Carver Academy
David Robinson believes that all children have the potential to create a better future for themselves through education. He made a $9 million commitment toward the construction and operation of a new independent school for students from a culturally diverse community. Just east of downtown, the campus is conveniently located to serve the greater San Antonio community. The Carver Academy officially opened on Sept. 17, 2001.

The Carver Academy offers elementary-age children a challenging academic program featuring small classes, leadership opportunities, and a nurturing family-like environment based upon the foundation of Judeo-Christian scripture. The Carver Academy welcomes children regardless of race, creed, or financial status.