The NBA Playoffs are winding down, as we’re now halfway through the Conference Finals. Also winding down, is NBA Awards season. We’ve already had the big awards–MVP, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, etc.–handed out, but today we learned who the winner of the vaunted Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award would be. It’s Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
There’s definitely some jokes you could make about this award — namely involving it’s strange name — but the reason for the award is actually really cool.
From the official press release:
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won the 2013-14 Kia Community Assist Seasonlong Award in recognition of his remarkable charitable contributions, fundraising and generosity in the Bay Area and across the globe, the NBA announced today.
The award recognizes an NBA player who best reflects the passion and dedication the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.
The list of charity work that Curry has done is remarkable, but here are a few highlights.
A 2014 NBA All-Star, Curry has gone above and beyond with his charitable efforts since his years at Davidson College. Serving as the national spokesman for ThanksUSA since 2010, Curry has worked extensively with this national nonprofit, including hosting the Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Charity Golf Tournament three years in a row. ThanksUSA provides college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of active-duty US military personnel. As a direct result of Curry’s efforts, ThanksUSA has awarded 39 scholarships to children and spouses of military families, totaling $117,000.
In July, Curry traveled to a Tanzanian refugee camp and assisted in the distribution of 38,000 mosquito bed nets with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to fight malaria. Once again, Curry hosted his “Three for Three Challenge,” where he donated three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he made during the NBA season. This season, the challenge generated 783 bed nets when Curry led the NBA in three-pointers made for the second consecutive year with 261.
All of this is tremendous from Curry and shows the impact that a well-known basketball player can have. Congrats to Curry on the award. It is clearly well deserved.