Fans Can Vote Pelicans Forward Anthony Davis as Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Awardwinner

After winning monthly award in February, Davis eligible to win $25,000 to donate to Audubon Nature Institute

NEW YORK – The NBA announced today the beginning of fan voting for the 2013-14 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award. Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is among finalists having received the monthly honor in February. Along with an NBA panel of judges, fans can vote for their favorite nominee through May 5 via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #KiaCommunityAssist and the nominee’s first and last name. If Davis wins the award, he will donate $25,000 courtesy of Kia and the NBA to the Audubon Nature Institute.

The seasonlong nominees include past monthly winners Davis, Stephen Curry, George Hill, Dwight Howard, Serge Ibaka, Zach Randolph, and Rajon Rondo, and three additional nominees, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard and Chris Paul, who have all made standout contributions to their communities. Fans can find additional details at www.nba.com/kiacommunityassist.

Davis received the February Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his community work around NBA All-Star 2014 festivities and chose to donate the prize of $10,000 courtesy of Kia and the NBA to the Audubon Nature Institute. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.

Kia Motors and the NBA honored Davis for using his All-Star break to unite the community and inspire youth. In partnership with the City of New Orleans, he held a basketball event at Joe Brown Park to speak with local youth about the game and its impact on his life. Davis also worked with the Mayor’s Office on the Midnight Basketball Program, as part of the Mayor’s “NOLA for Life” campaign, aimed at mitigating violence in high-crime areas of the city.

During the annual NBA All-Star Day of Service which began in New Orleans in 2008, Davis participated in a KaBOOM! playground build at KIPP Leadership Primary. From using his height while mounting signage to taking photos with the volunteers, he was determined to leave a lasting impression.