ATLANTA, GA (April 25, 2012) --
Prior to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Clippers game at Philips Arena on April 24, 2012, the Hawks' Zaza Pachulia was awarded the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy by the organization for his dedication to community service.

The Jason Collier Memorial Trophy, named after the late Hawks center who passed away October 15, 2005, is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador.

Pachulia is an active participant in the Atlanta Hawks community and charitable initiatives. In December, he helped to host a holiday party for a group of 75 children at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta which included arts and crafts projects, various games and food. Zaza served as Santa, handing out gifts to the young patients.

Zaza has also helped make several young people’s wishes come true this season.  He arranged a meet-and-greet with a young man battling cancer, spending time with him and his father before a home game and giving them an inside look at what happens before the game. Pachulia’s most recent meet-and-greet was with a 17 year-old Make-a-Wish teen, where he signed autographs and posed for pictures.

This is the seventh year the Hawks have awarded the trophy, as Pachulia joins past recipients Marvin Williams (2010-11 and 2007-08), Josh Smith (2009-10), Al Horford (2008-09), and Josh Childress (2005-06 and 2006-07) in receiving this honor.