Nets Guard Harris Receives NBA Community Assist Award for March
April 15, 2009
NEW YORK—New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris has been named the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for March in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.
Harris is being honored for his support of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Through his charitable organization, the 34 Ways to Assist Foundation, Harris provided monetary support as well as season tickets to give local members of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation the opportunity to attend Nets games, creating a special section called “Devin’s Playmakers” to host the youngsters and their families during the games. Harris established the 34 Ways to Assist Foundation in 2007 to provide children in need with hope through wish granting, inspiration through emotional mentoring, and healthy living through youth athletic programs.
“Helping children in need is one of my favorite things to do as a professional athlete,” said Harris. “Seeing the smiles on their faces and knowing that I helped to make their lives a little brighter is just one small way that I can give back and set a good example.”
In a continued effort to be a positive role model and to support youth fitness and nutrition, Harris is a member of the NBA FIT Team and hosts a Passport to Fitness program for local Big Brothers, Big Sisters members. The Passport to Fitness program encourages youngsters to be fit and make healthy eating choices through a variety of monthly activities including rock climbing, cooking classes and more.
Harris also supports youth education and recently launched the Devin Harris Investment Challenge. The program is designed to give students real-world business experience and an appreciation for the value of saving and investing. More than 300 students from across New Jersey are currently participating in the Devin Harris Investment Challenge. On March 30, Harris invited participants to watch the Nets play the Bucks at the IZOD Center and spent time with the group after the game.
In addition to his personal initiatives, Harris regularly takes part in Nets community outreach programs. In March, he joined several of his teammates to dedicate the Nets Fun & Fitness Center as part of Toyota Project Rebound. Later that month, Harris visited children and their families at a local Ronald McDonald House and hosted a special breakfast for one local hero as part of a team contest.
As the March NBA Community Assist Award recipient, Harris 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, a $5,000 donation will be made by the NBA on behalf of Harris to the 34 Ways to Assist Foundation.
The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.
Contact: Madeline Wehle, NBA Communications, (212) 407-8284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.