Detroit Pistons centre Andre Drummond has received the February NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to empower youth with special needs and give back to the Detroit community, the NBA announced on Friday.
The award recognises 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 are honouring Drummond for his dedication to making a difference in the lives of youth. During NBA All-Star in Toronto, Drummond served as an honourary coach during the fifth annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified® Basketball Game. He also took part in NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, helping repack 110 000 pounds of food donations benefiting more than 30 000 Canadians in need.
Last month, Drummond and teammate Stanley Johnson surprised children at the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn Hills with a Jr. NBA basketball clinic. He also ensured that special-needs organisations benefited from his contribution to the Pistons Charity Ticket program, which helps 250 local youth to attend Pistons games.
As part of a larger team initiative, Drummond supported the FlintNOW fund that works to provide clean water, health screenings and other relief services to the community of Flint, Michigan FlintNOW (www.FlintNOW.org) provides private-sector support for immediate relief efforts during the water crisis in Flint and for long-term programs focused on economic development, nutrition and health care for residents of the city.
“Making an impact in the community has been a goal of mine since entering the NBA,” said Drummond. “At an early age, my mother taught me to do whatever you can to help those in need. I’ve tried to use her lessons to make a real difference in as many people’s lives as possible.”
Before Detroit’s home game tonight against the Charlotte Hornets, NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier, President and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment and Pistons Dennis Mannion, and Kaiser Permanente Vice President National Accounts Joe Scheidler will present Drummond with the award during an oncourt ceremony.
The award honours the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10 000 on Drummond’s behalf to Special Olympics Michigan.