NETS Co-Captain Harris to Receive Thurman Munson Award

Nets Basketball - Press Release

Honored for on court excellence and community service

–AHRC-New York City Foundation to Present Honor that
remembers the late, great Yankee captain and catcher–

November 2, 2010

NEW YORK—New Jersey Nets co-captain Devin Harris will be a recipient of the prestigious Thurman Munson Award at the 31st annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, February 1, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, it was announced today.  The AHRC-New York City Foundation will present the award and once again benefit from the gala, which remembers the late, great Yankees catcher and captain.

The AHRC New York City Foundation supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives.

For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner contact 212-249-6188.

“Devin Harris embodies the spirit of the Thurman Munson Award.  He is admired by teammates, coaches and fans for his determination on the court and his important contributions to the community.  The AHRC New York City Foundation looks forward to presenting Devin with a ‘Thurman’ Award on February 1 and deeply appreciates his participation in an event that will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” –  Michael N. Rosen, chairman of the AHRC New York City Foundation and a partner in the law firm Bryan Cave.

“Congratulations to Devin Harris on becoming an honoree of the Thurman Munson Award,” said Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.  “Devin is an example to others as to the true meaning of sportsmanship both on and off the court.  I commend him for his efforts in the community and wish him continued success with his ’34 Ways to Assist Foundation’.”

“Devin has been a leader for the Nets since he arrived in New Jersey,” said Nets General Manager Billy King.  “His performance as a basketball player has earned him All-Star recognition, but his work in the community has been just as exemplary.  The Munson award is a tremendous honor, and Devin is certainly well-deserving of the recognition.”

Harris, a 2009 NBA All-Star guard, will be cited for his on-court excellence and community service. The 27-year-old Wisconsin product recently announced his and the Nets donation to the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” in an effort to raise funds and awareness of the injured Rutgers football player’s injury, through Devin’s “34 Ways to Assist Foundation.”

The entire “Class of 2011” Munson recipients will be announced in full at a later date.

 Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend the gala, and has been involved in the benefit since its inception, raising nearly $10 million to assist children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The funds benefit AHRC New York City, one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 11,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

Previous basketball standouts to receive “Thurmans” are Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing and Jason Kidd. The “Who’s Who” list  who have accepted Munson Awards during its three-decade history includes Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver, Mohammed Ali, Willie Mays, and Mariano Rivera, just to name a few.

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