Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green received the third annual Alvin Attles Community Impact Award in recognition of his efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of underserved youth in the Bay Area, it was announced today. The annual award, named in Warriors Legend Alvin Attles’ honor, celebrates Attles’ long-time commitment and dedication to the community and recognizes a current Warriors player who goes above and beyond to support local underprivileged youth.
The Warriors Community Foundation is honoring Green for his continued commitment to giving back by donating $15,000 to a charity of Green’s choice. On behalf of Green, the Warriors Community Foundation will donate $7,500 to the First Tee of the East Bay and $7,500 to the Fam 1st Family Foundation. The First Tee of the East Bay provides learning facilities and educational programs to promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The Fam 1st Family Foundation, launched by Oakland Technical High School graduates and NFL veterans Joshua Johnson and Marshawn Lynch, aims to build self-esteem and academic learning skills in underprivileged youth through mentorship and educational workshops.
“It’s an honor to be given this recognition for my commitment to serving Bay Area youth and families this season and throughout my four years with the team,” said Green. “I’m humbled to receive an award in the name of a Warriors Legend like Alvin Attles and look forward to continuing in his example as a leader and active participant in the Bay Area community.”
Throughout the 2015-16 season, Green went above and beyond in supporting children and families in need throughout the Bay Area including:
• In November, Green partnered with the Oakland Marriott to provide a Thanksgiving luncheon for families and youth from the Richmond Police Activities League to celebrate the holiday with the Warriors All-Star forward.
• As part of the NBA Cares Season of Giving campaign in December, Green joined his teammates and 3,000 season ticket holders to support the #hashtaglunchbag movement by creating and delivering 20,000 lunch bags to underserved youth and families in the Bay Area.
• In December, Green joined the Clorox Company to take 30 youth from Covenant House, an Oakland homeless shelter which serves at-risk youth between the ages of 18-24, on a surprise Holiday shopping spree.
• Also in December, Green dressed up as Santa Claus for a Holiday Caravan to surprise families throughout the Bay Area with gifts for the holidays including 8-year-old Vallejo youth Kumar Polk, who was critically injured in a drive-by shooting last year, and his family.. Green also visited a local Kaiser Permanente hospital to drop off presents for youth spending their holidays in the hospital and additional families in the Bay Area.
• In March, Green joined The First Tee of the East Bay at Oakland’s Acorn Woodland Elementary School for a school assembly and to encourage Oakland principals to enroll in The First Tee’s National Schools Program to promote character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf.
• Also in March, Green hosted 13-year-old Je’Kob Ruscheinsky and his family from Las Vegas, Nevada for a Warriors game. Green met with Je’Kob, who receives chemotherapy treatments for Pars Planitis, pregame and shared words of encouragement and inspiration with him.
• On April 13, Green invited three underprivileged East Bay high school students to the team’s NBA record-breaking 73rd win against the Memphis Grizzlies.
• Green participated in a variety of additional campaigns this season, including #LeanInTogether, an ongoing public awareness campaign focused on the role men play in reaching gender equality; and Not In Our Town, an anti-bullying campaign to stop violence and hate and to build safe and inclusive Bay Area schools and communities.
Warriors Legend Alvin Attles is in his sixth decade with the franchise, having served tirelessly as a player, coach, executive and civic leader. Attles’ current stint with the same team represents the longest active streak in the NBA. Attles is one of only six players in Warriors history to have his jersey retired (#16) and remains one of the most publicly recognizable sports figures in the Bay Area. His endless contributions locally as a player, executive and civic leader resulted in his much-deserved induction into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s John R. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Additionally, in the summer of 2006, the newly refurbished outdoor basketball court at Lincoln Square Park in downtown Oakland was permanently named “Alvin Attles Court” in honor of the local legend and longtime Oakland resident. In the latter stages of the 1969-70 NBA campaign, Attles was named head coach of the Warriors, where his 30-game stint as head coach to end that season proved to be the start of the longest head coaching run in Warriors franchise history, a 13-plus year tenure which produced, among other highlights, the lone NBA Championship in the club’s West Coach history (1974-75). Attles completed his coaching career in 1982-83 to become the Warriors General Manager, heading the team’s basketball operations for three years.
About the Warriors Community Foundation
The Warriors Community Foundation is dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the lives of underserved Bay Area children. The Foundation makes grants to improve educational equity for low-income students in Alameda and San Francisco Counties, refurbishes public basketball courts around the Bay Area, and donates thousands of tickets each season to schools and nonprofits that serve children and families. The Foundation is sustained by generous contributions from Warriors owners, players, partners, and fans.
For more information on the Warriors 2016 NBA playoffs, presented by Kaiser Permanente, visit warriors.com.