For the second consecutive year a member of the Los Angeles Lakers has been awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. After Ron Artest won it last season, L.A. forward Pau Gasol has been named the recipient of the award this year.
The NBA released an official statement announcing the decision, and gave a little insight into what Gasol has been doing to help his community.
“Pau’s work epitomizes all that is good about NBA players and their charitable works not only in their own communities but around the world,” said Doug Smith of the Toronto Star and the president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. “Working to help children realize their potential and to provide them with opportunities they might not otherwise get truly characterizes outstanding service and dedication.”
Gasol has long been known for his humanitarian efforts off the court, as is widely considered one of the most charitable players in the NBA. There’s no question he has earned this award, and is a more-than-worthy recipient.
So, on behalf of all of Lakers Nation and the entire NBA, congratulations Pau Gasol on receiving this prestigious award.