“It’s very important to me that I use my platform to make a difference and give back in any way I can,” Young said in a news release. “Working with kids across the city is not only a rewarding and inspiring experience, but something that I genuinely love to do. The city of Atlanta and everyone in it has welcomed and supported me with open arms from the very beginning, and I’m honored to give back to the community every chance I get.”
Young will receive the award in an on-court ceremony before the Hawks play the Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at State Farm Arena, which will be presented by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo. Also, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, on behalf of Young.