MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Bucks goalie Jrue Holiday is one of five finalists shortlisted for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award.
NBA announced Friday the new award recognizes a current NBA player for “pursuing social justice and advancing Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower and promote equality for individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized or systematically disadvantaged ”, according to a press release.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a six-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer.
The other finalists are Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson.
Each finalist has selected an organization focused on advancing social justice that will receive a contribution on behalf of the player.
The winner’s selection will receive a donation of $ 100,000 and the other four finalists will each receive a contribution of $ 25,000 to a social justice organization of their choice, according to the NBA.
The winner will be announced before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final on TNT.
The finalists were selected by a committee made up of: Abdul-Jabbar, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, Dr Richard Lapchick, student activist Teyonna Lofton, the President and CEO of the League. National Urbanism Marc Morial, UnidosUS CEO Janet Murguía, Amanda Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Rise, and Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner and COO of the NBA.
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