NBPA Annual Community Contribution All-Star Award
While the remarkable talent, skill and athleticism of NBA players are frequently showcased far and wide, a great deal of these professional athletes’ work and dedication off the court goes unnoticed. Each year, the National Basketball Players Association recognizes the outstanding community achievements of a select few.
Please Join Us in Honoring:
Amar'e Stoudemire, Etan Thomas, and Deron Williams.
Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
A fixture on Phoenix’s community service and sports scene, Amar’e is also making a tremendous impact worldwide. As his Each One, Teach One Foundation continues to provide safe drinking water in Sierra Leone by funding the building of water wells in impoverished villages, the Foundation is also providing philanthropic assistance to non-profits that offer community-based services to at-risk women and children, as well as at-risk urban and minority youth. Amar’e also provides needed resources to a number of students, AAU programs, basketball tournaments and projects abroad. Recently opening a Reading and Learning Center at a Phoenix Boys & Girls Club, an organization he has supported for many years, his award winning community outreach has earned him numerous honors, most recently the title of “Good Will Ambassador to Sierra Leone.”
Etan Thomas, Oklahoma City Thunder
A longtime community ambassador, Etan has quickly made his presence felt in the Oklahoma City community. From visiting at-risk teens at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center, to spending time with homeless families during the holiday season and holding a fundraiser in support of the American Heart Association’s local chapter, Etan has kept busy in Oklahoma City, both on and off the court. Active for many years with numerous organizations, including Athletes for Hope, Darfur Dream Team’s Sisters School, Gondobay Manga Foundation, Right To Play, The Artists & Athletes Alliance, as well as many others, Etan continues to use his passion for poetry to spread his positive messages worldwide. In 2009, he partnered with Miss Black District of Columbia to inspire Washington, D.C. students to “Think Big,” as well as served as the official spokesperson for the 21st Annual AIDS Walk Washington. Etan was honored by The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation, Inc. with the Legacy Award in 2009.
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
A leader on the court and in the community, Deron is an active participant in his team’s community relations efforts, ranging from the Jazz’s Read to Achieve Program to working with kids at the Jr. Jazz basketball clinics and purchasing game tickets for Special Olympics Utah. Establishing the Deron Williams Point of Hope Foundation in 2007, his non-profit was founded to provide support and hope to those with cancer and to people in need. After hosting three Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic Weekends, Deron’s Foundation has raised tremendous funds, with significant portions going to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Carmeen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism. The Foundation also brightens the holidays for numerous families each year, many of which consist of families with parents serving in the military and local single mothers. Providing special meals and gifts to his guests, the Foundation also served Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless and donated school supplies to several elementary schools in the Salt Lake City area.