NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2005 - In recognition of Vince Carter's community outreach efforts and on-going generosity during the Summer of Goodwill, the NBA announced today it will honor the New Jersey Nets forward with the Community Assist Award for July.

Carter recently donated $2.5 million to the Volusia County School Systems for the design and construction of a new gymnasium at his alma mater, Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. Also in July, Carter held his annual Vince Carter Summer Jam benefiting his Embassy of Hope Foundation.

It has been a busy off-season for Carter and his family as he hosted the 8th Annual Vince Carter Summer Jam, which included The Vince Carter Charity Gala and the Vince Carter Charity Golf Classic. The gala's theme "Celebrating Family" highlighted the birth of Vince and his wife's daughter Kai Michelle, born in New Jersey, as well as his extended family. Special invitations and recognition for those in attendance were given to his former teachers from kindergarten through high school, his doctors and his ministers.

Aside from a night of dancing and gourmet foods, participants assisted the foundation in raising money by bidding on a host of silent auction items and an exclusive number of live auction items. Funds raised from this year's events will benefit the Embassy of Hope Foundation "Believing in Your Dreams" scholarship, Family Renew Community (Services for domestic violence victims in Daytona Beach, Fla.) and The Salvation Army.

Carter's other big event this summer was a Youth Basketball Academy that he hosted in Daytona Beach, Fla., where campers, ages 8-18 from the U.S., China and Sweden participated in a unique Father's Day event in which the campers' dads were invited to participate in a day of fun and games with Carter.

"Since my success was not reached without help, one of my goals has always been to help others," said Carter. "The Embassy of Hope Advisory Board and I try to encourage children and families to believe in their dreams. No one does it alone; the success of young people needs the support of many."

Carter established The Embassy of Hope Foundation in 1998, to help address the needs of children and their parents. The foundations' slogan, "Believing in Your Dreams," represents Vince's lifelong commitment to perseverance and achievement- qualities that have enabled him to excel as an athlete and as a person committed to helping those less fortunate. In addition to donating funds to worthwhile organizations and the "Believing in Your Dreams" Scholarship, he makes numerous appearances throughout the year on behalf on the foundation.

After his trade to New Jersey, Carter made reached out to his new community right away by participating in Nets community efforts hosting military families at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and visiting a home for the mentally disabled among other activities. This season, he will further his reach by expanding his foundation's efforts into the New Jersey community.

Carter joins Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors (June), Jerome Williams of the New York Knicks (May), and Derek Fisher of the Golden State Warriors (April) as recent winners of the NBA's Community Assist Award.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Carter 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." During the 2002-03 season, NBA Commissioner David Stern presented the former San Antonio Spurs star with an honorary plaque and announced that all future winners of the NBA Community Assist Award would receive the David Robinson Plaque. In addition to the plaque, a $5,000 gift will be given to the Embassy of Hope Foundation in Carter's name. The league gives out the NBA Community Assist Award monthly 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.