Trae Young has been awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award, which each month recognizes an NBA player for their efforts to give back to their communities, in recognition of his charity work in both Georgia and his home state of Oklahoma.
In January, Young joined forces with RIP Medical Debt, donating $10,000 and alleviating more than $1 million of medical debt for 570 people in Georgia.
Young also was recognized for his Trae Young Basketball Academy in Oklahoma, which helps kids learn skills and values through the sport, and the Trae Young Foundation in Atlanta, which focuses on mental health and the prevention of cyber and social-media bullying online.
“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.