2013-14 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award Nominees
Fans can vote for the 2013-14 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award beginning Monday, April 21 (through Monday, May 5) on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #KiaCommunityAssist and the nominee's first and last name (or #PlayerName). Learn more about each of the 10 nominees and the charities they are supporting.
Stephen Curry, Golden State WarriorsCharity of Choice: ThanksUSA
Stephen Curry continues to promote health and wellness through his ongoing work with Nothing But Nets, assisting the distribution of 38,000 bed nets in Tanzania and creating awareness in the United States through NBA FIT and the Kaiser Permanente Own Now initiative. Since his arrival in the Bay Area in 2009, Curry has provided more 4,500 tickets to Bay Area youth to attend Warriors' games. He has also hosted many basketball and fitness clinics, and supports Make-A-Wish and Feed the Children by taking part in a variety of events each year.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans PelicansCharity of Choice: Audubon Nature Institute
Since joining the Pelicans, Anthony Davis has been committed to giving back to the New Orleans community. Serving as NBA All-Star Jam Session Ambassador, Anthony hosted numerous activities leading up to the festivities including basketball events, scavenger hunts and NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service. Davis also supports the Audubon Nature Institute which preserves Louisiana’s coast and wetlands, and the Mayor’s NOLA for Life Midnight Basketball Program, aimed at reducing violence in the city’s high-crime areas.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto RaptorsCharity of Choice: Toronto District School Board (Big League Book Club)
DeMar DeRozan partnered with the Toronto District School Board to form “DeMar’s Slam Dunk Book Club” and most recently, his “All Star Book Program” in partnership with First Books Canada and the Indigo Book Club. In conjunction with the club’s partners, he contributed $25,000 to the program which will directly benefit the participating students. Through his efforts promoting literacy, he was recently named a First Book Canada Literacy Ambassador.
George Hill, Indiana PacersCharity of Choice: Kids Against Hunger
George Hill is committed to fighting hunger in both the U.S. and abroad. Through his work with Kids Against Hunger, Hill assisted in packing more than 59,000 meals that were distributed throughout Indianapolis and countries around the world. Hill is extremely committed to giving back to his home state of Indiana; he has committed to hosting two packing events per season in Indianapolis, as well as traveling to Haiti to help Haitian children in need of food. While his main focus is combating world hunger, Hill also works very closely with active military members who are experiencing financial hardships and works with local inner city children to personally provide scholarships each year.
Dwight Howard, Houston RocketsCharity of Choice: The Salvation Army Greater Houston – Family Residence
Dwight Howard’s “Block Out Violence" program is a grassroots student-driven competition focused on promoting non-violence, anti- bullying, respect and acceptance. The program engaged 32 Houston schools and thousands of students and families. Howard also supported the Salvation Army Family Residence, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Beta Center and was very active in his team’s holiday community outreach. His D12 Foundation is determined to change the lives of youth and promote education by encouraging generosity, leadership, hope and recovery.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City ThunderCharity of Choice: U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Serge Ibaka has supported UNICEF’s “Gets Boys and Girls in the Game” initiative, committing to raise $315,000 that fully funds the renovations and program expansion of two orphanages in Brazzaville, Congo. He will also donate $500 for each of his blocks during the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Ibaka is also actively involved in Thunder Cares programs. Recently, he participated in a public service announcement for WildAid that addresses the problems of poaching and the ivory trade.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail BlazersCharity of Choice: Special Olympics
Damian Lillard has been an active Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics this past year, participating in events all over the country. His “Respect: Pass It On Program,” an anti-bullying campaign, continued to thrive this season with more than 5,000 signing the oath this season. In addition to this program, Lillard also supports Boys & Girls Clubs and Susan G. Komen.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles ClippersCharity of Choice: CP3 Foundation
Chris Paul’s charitable efforts have touched Los Angeles, his hometown of Winston-Salem and New Orleans, where he began his NBA career. He actively supports Make-A-Wish and Feed the Children, is a member of the President’s Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition and is a Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador. His CP3 Foundation focuses on youth and family development, holiday giving and provides college scholarships.
Zach Randolph, Memphis GrizzliesCharity of Choice: Boys & Girls Club of Memphis
Zach Randolph has been an outstanding ambassador of the Memphis Grizzlies. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of single mothers and children in need through his support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheu Children’s Hospital and the Boys & Girls Clubs. December 27, 2013 was declared “Zach Randolph Day” in Memphis to honor all of his charitable efforts. Randolph is active during the holiday season, giving back in Memphis and his hometown of Indiana. He also created the Zach Randolph Community Fund to maximize his impact and support families in need.
Rajon Rondo, Boston CelticsCharity of Choice: Blue Grass Community Foundation
Rajon Rondo supports many charities: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Greater Boston Food Bank. He is a spokesperson for the Boston Celtics Step Your Game Up program and has granted numerous wishes this year including one with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition to supporting Boston-based educational programs, he actively gives back to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky by hosting youth basketball clinics. Through his foundation’s efforts, Rondo aims to provide children in low-income areas with safe, reliable resources and hope for the future.