David Robinson: Impact on the Community

One of the most accomplished NBA and Olympic athletes of all-time, the greatest impact of former Spurs center David Robinson isn’t on the basketball court. David’s commitment to the San Antonio community is the lasting image that will stay with residents of the Alamo City. Here are just a few examples of how David’s work has left a lasting legacy:

The Carver Academy: An independent school for San Antonio students from culturally diverse communities, the Carver Academy opened in 2001 because of David’s passion for providing children with a chance for a quality education. Along with benefiting many low-income, at-risk students, the school offers elementary-age children a challenging academic program featuring small classes, leadership opportunities and a nurturing family-like environment. David donated an initial donation of $5 million dollars in 1997 to establish the school and begin his vision for the 5-acre inner city campus. Upon the announcement of the donation, NBA commissioner David stern said that the “$5 million pledge stands out as one of the most extraordinary in all of sports.” Since the start of the school, David and his wife Valerie has given over $9 million to the Carver Academy.

College Scholarships: David told 94 fifth graders at Gates Elementary in 1991 that if they finished high school, he would give them $2,000 college scholarships. In 1998, David made good on his word and attended the graduation ceremony of 50 of those students, presenting them with the scholarship money.

NBA award re-named for Robinson: In recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and off the basketball court, the NBA re-named its award for outstanding charitable efforts after Robinson on March 23, 2003. The monthly NBA Community Assist Award winners now receive the David Robinson Plaque with the inscription, "Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece."

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  • The Carver Academy

  • David, the Goliath of Giving

  • Montblanc.com
  • World-class humanitarian: David was inducted in 1998 into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame along with international soccer legend Pele and Olympian gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The Hall of Fame honors athletes and sports organizations that have distinguished themselves through their humanitarian efforts and have distinguished themselves as role models in the community. Other former NBA basketball players to be inducted include Julius Erving, Kevin Johnson, Dikembe Mutombo and former Spurs guard Steve Smith.

    More and more awards: In 1999, The Sporting News awarded David with the Good Guys in Pro Sports Award… Received the 1999 Montblanc de la Culture Award, the first athlete and youngest recipient in the award’s history. The Montblanc de la Culture Award recognizes modern-day patrons of the arts who have encouraged cultural life to flourish through their time, money and energy... Given a Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in September of 2000… Member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.