November 12, 2010

The NBA has named New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul the recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of October in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work. This marks Pauls third NBA Cares Community Assist Award, following honors in 2006 and 2008.

The NBA is honoring the three-time All-Star in part for launching the CP3 Afterschool Zone presented by Chase, which will provide New Orleans youngsters with hands-on educational opportunities and a safe environment to learn and play after school hours. Paul tipped off the program in October and announced that he and Chase bank will partner to provide a $1 million grant to support the program. The CP3 Afterschool Zone will work with local schools, libraries, recreation centers, and museums to support students interests and needs, including art, music, sports, educational games, and tutoring.

After-school programs had a positive impact on me as a child, and I am grateful to give back by providing New Orleans students with the same opportunity, said Paul. Through the CP3 Afterschool Zone, I hope young people will enjoy a variety of fun and educational experiences for years to come.

On Oct. 23, Paul partnered with USA WEEKEND to support their annual national Make A Difference Day. He was featured in a public service announcement emphasizing the importance of giving back and recognized Make A Difference Day by dedicating his fifth renovated basketball court in the New Orleans area. Following the dedication, Paul spent time on the new court teaching basketball fundamentals to local youngsters and discussing the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle. In addition, Paul teamed up with the U.S. Department of Educations national TEACH campaign and is featured in a public service announcement highlighting the valuable role of educators and encouraging young people to consider entering the teaching profession.

Chris Paul continues to make a difference year round through his CP3 Foundation, which he launched in 2006. The organization supports youth programs in New Orleans and Pauls hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. Every September, Paul and the CP3 Foundation host the annual Chris Pauls Winston-Salem Weekend, a four-day charitable weekend to benefit youth and families. Funds from the event have supported several initiatives, including a home build for a Winston-Salem family in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the establishment of the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund at Pauls alma mater, Wake Forest University. The scholarship is named after Pauls late grandfather.

As an NBA Cares Community Assist Award recipient, Paul 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, the NBA will donate $5,000 to the CP3 Foundation on Pauls behalf.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly throughout the season and once following each offseason to recognize players for their year-round 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.

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