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Alonzo Mourning Wins NBA Community Assist Award

May 7 2009 10:42AM
MIAMI, Aug. 08 – The Miami HEAT announced today that Alonzo Mourning was named recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of July for his flagship charitable event, “Zo’s Summer Groove.” Mourning is the fourth HEAT player to win the award, joining Lamar Odom (May 2004), Dwyane Wade (August 2004) and Shaquille O’Neal (December 2004).

In its 10th year of existence, “Zo’s Summer Groove” benefits Alonzo Mourning Charities’ network of organizations which include 100 Black Men of South Florida, Children’s Home Society of Florida, Honey Shine Mentoring program and the Overtown Youth Center, and has raised over $6 million.

“Zo’s Summer Groove helps raise money to support various organizations in the South Florida area,” said Mourning. “South Florida has supported me for the past 11 years - this is my home and where I plan on retiring and raising my family. I’m just trying to do my part in bettering the lives of underserved kids in this community through my foundation.”

Mourning hosted a Youth Summit for over 400 students throughout Miami-Dade County, affording youngsters the opportunity to speak with professional athletes, celebrities, community leaders and other teens on a variety of issues that confront them and their community.

Mourning treated supporters to an exclusive concert featuring Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine at the Summer Groove Gala Dinner and joined fellow NBA standouts for the Summer Groove Block Party, and All-Star Basketball Game.

Mourning also hosted the Summer Groove Gala, Summer Groove Block Party, and Summer Groove All-Star Basketball Game, all of which helped to raise funds for “Alonzo Mourning Charities,” supporting several organizations in the South Florida and Hampton Roads, Virginia-area.

In addition to July’s “Zo’s Summer Groove,” activities, Mourning also participated in the NBA Cares “Es Tu Cancha” unveiling of a fully renovated basketball court at Jose Marti Park in Miami.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Mourning 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 to the plaque, a $5,000 gift will be given to Zo’s charity of choice.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who reflects the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.

Mourning was also the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2002, presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player or coach for exemplary community service. In addition, Mourning, who was diagnosed with the kidney disorder focal glomerulosclerosis in 2000, formed “Zo’s Fund For Life” during the 2000-01 season in an effort to raise $4 million for kidney research and help provide medication to families that cannot afford it.

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