Horford Awarded Collier Community Service Honor
ATLANTA HAWKS' AL HORFORD AWARDED JASON COLLIER MEMORIAL TROPHY
Award recognizes dedication to community service
ATLANTA, GA (April 4, 2009) --
Prior to this evening's Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic game
at Philips Arena, the Hawks' Al Horford 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
An active participant in community and charitable initiatives, including STAR
House and La Amistad, Horford purchases tickets for each Hawks game for
underprivileged families through his Al's Amigos program. In December, he hosted
25 children from the Stepping Ahead Program for a holiday party at Dave &
Busters, treating everyone to dinner, arcade games and presents. Additionally,
he purchased clothes, toys and food for five families from Traveler's Aid of
Metro Atlanta during the holidays through the Hawks' Adopt-A-Family program.
Also a supporter of the Read to Achieve initiative (presented by Philips and
Sprite), Horford recently paid a visit Northcutt Elementary School in College
Park as part of the "What Keeps You Moving" Essay Contest. Deantae Birdsong, a
fifth grade student at the school, won the contest and the special visit from
Horford with his essay about physical fitness.
This is the fourth year the Hawks have awarded the trophy, as Horford joins past
recipients Marvin Williams (2007-08) and two-time award winner Josh Childress
(2005-06 and 2006-07) in receiving this honor.