Josh Smith Awarded Jason Collier Memorial Trophy
ATLANTA HAWKS’ JOSH SMITH AWARDED
ATLANTA, GA (April 3, 2010) -- Prior to this evening’s Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons game at Philips Arena, the Hawks’ Josh Smith 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.
An active participant in community and charitable endeavors throughout his six seasons with the Hawks, Smith recently pledged to cover six months of living expenses for the family of slain McEachern High School student-athlete Rajaan Bennett.
Especially active during the holiday season, the Atlanta-native hosted 100 underprivileged women and children on the Hawks practice court for a Thanksgiving dinner, while covering the transportation costs by chartering buses and purchasing souvenir basketballs for the group. He also gave $10,000 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards to needy families and donated 300 turkeys to a local church.
Additionally, Smith purchases tickets to each Hawks home game for a number of area youth groups, and has participated in meet and greets following games with community organizations. The Hawks forward has also been known to make spontaneous visits to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Tennessee.
This is the fifth year the Hawks have awarded the trophy, as Smith joins past recipients Al Horford (2008-09), Marvin Williams (2007-08) and two-time award winner Josh Childress (2005-06 and 2006-07) in receiving this honor.