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Dwyane Wade & USA Men’s Basketball Team Win NBA Community Assist Award

Aug 25 2004 3:29PM

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MIAMI, August 25 – Dwyane Wade and his 11 teammates on the 2004 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team are the recipients of the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of August. As part of the “Hoops for Troops” pre-Olympic initiative, the members of USA Basketball showed their support for United States military personnel serving around the globe by hosting thousands of service men and women at numerous practices, scrimmages and games during their pre-Olympic training.

In Jacksonville, Florida, USA Basketball hosted approximately 3,000 servicemen and women at the USA vs. Puerto Rico scrimmage at the University of North Florida and treated them to a special behind the scenes experience at the game. While in Cologne, Germany, the team hosted approximately 750 troops from the Army bases of Kaiserslautern, Darmstadt, Heidelberg and Mannheim, and from the Spangdahlem U.S. Air Force base.

In addition to the “Hoops for Troops” activities, USA Basketball had arranged for the entire six-game “World Tour” of exhibition games to be seen via the Armed Forces Network and the U.S. Navy's Direct-to-Ships (DTS) service. The games reached approximately 800,000 men and women in the military stationed overseas in 177 countries and aboard more than 180 Navy ships at sea.

The “Hoops for Troops” program was part of USA Basketball's training camp held in Germany, Serbia & Montenegro and Turkey in the weeks leading up to the Olympic Games in Athens.

In addition to his outreach while part of USA Basketball, Wade purchases twenty season tickets to HEAT home games for underprivileged children throughout the South Florida community establishing his own section, “Wade’s World.”

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Team USA will be presented with the David Robinson Plaque. The NBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly 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 have for their communities. All 30 NBA teams are able to nominate a player for the award each month.

This marks the second time a member of the HEAT has won the award. Lamar Odom took the honors in May for his outreach to Robertson Auguste, a 13 year-old boy from the Hialeah area who was the lone survivor of a fire that destroyed his home.