Toronto Raptors forward, and Cameroon forward, Pascal Siakam received the February NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente, in recognition of his efforts to empower and inspire youth in both local and global communities, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities.
Kaiser Permanente and the NBA honoured Siakam for his efforts to engage youth through the game across Canada and Africa. Siakam visits numerous
schools in Toronto and throughout Canada as an ambassador for Right To Play, encouraging students to rise above adversity through sports and education. As a representative for the Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes program, he also inspires children to lead healthy and active lives.
Utilizing his fluency in English and French, he has empowered youth in many marginalized communities to overcome obstacles and become leaders
FAN VOTING FOR SEASONLONG NBA CARES COMMUNITY ASSIST AWARD PRESENTED BY
KAISER PERMANENTE BEGINS TODAY
10 PLAYERS NOMINATED FOR GLOBAL COMMUNITY EFFORTS IN EDUCATION, HEALTH, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND MORE
WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE 2019 NBA AWARDS_ PRESENTED BY KIA ON TNT ON JUNE 24
NEW YORK, April 24, 2019 - Fan voting for the 2018-19 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente will begin today on social media at 12 p.m. ET and conclude on Sunday, May 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET, the NBA announced today. Chosen by fans and an NBA executive panel, the seasonlong winner will be announced at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24, on TNT live from historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
The seasonlong award honors a player's strong commitment to positively impact his community through sustained efforts over the course of the season. The winning player will receive the award during the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT, and $25,000 to their charity of choice, a donation from the NBA and Kaiser Permanente.
Fans can vote for their chosen seasonlong award nominee via Jebbit , where they can view and select videos highlighting each player's impact, or on Twitter, by using #NBACommunityAssist and a player's handle or #PlayerFirstNameLastName (e.g., #DavidRobinson). Retweets are also
counted and votes cast on the first and last day (April 24 and May 5) will count twice towards a player's total.
The 10 nominees include the offseason winner, six monthly winners and three additional players selected by the NBA for their exceptional community work. The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented byKaiser Permanente recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects
the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities, and honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. To learn more, please visit http://www.nba.com/communityassist/ . Player photos are
available here .
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The non-profit Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest private integrated health system, has served as the NBA's Official Health Care partner since 2015. Kaiser Permanente provides the NBA with research-oriented strategic consulting, health-related content, and the development of year-round health and wellness programs. Together, the NBA and Kaiser Permanente have hosted hundreds of FIT clinics in cities throughout the U.S., reaching more than 30,000 youth with essential life skills and mental health and wellness programming.
ABOUT KAISER PERMANENTE
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states
and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading
technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease
management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more
information, go to: kp.org/share .
ABOUT NBA CARES
NBA Cares is the league's global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA's mission of addressing important social issues. NBA Cares programs and participants have provided more than 4.7 million hours of hands-on service and created more than 1,250 places where kids
and families can live, learn or play in communities around the world. The NBA also engages more than 26 million youth annually, inspiring play
and teaching the values of the game. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Special Olympics, YMCA of the
USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Share Our Strength and GLSEN.