The NBA has launched fan voting for the 2022-23 Bob Lanier Community Assist Award, an honor given to a player who has made a positive impact in their community through charitable efforts and community service.
The award is named after Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, who was known for his philanthropic work off the court during his NBA career. It recognizes players who have demonstrated a commitment to improving their communities through various initiatives, including education, health and wellness, and social justice.
The winner of the award will receive a $25,000 donation to their charity of choice, as well as the opportunity to participate in league-sponsored community service activities.
Last year’s winner was Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, who was recognized for his work with underserved communities in the Bay Area through his foundation, the Juan Toscano-Anderson Foundation. Toscano-Anderson has been active in supporting youth education, mental health awareness, and social justice causes.
Other recent winners of the award include Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers, Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz, and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fan voting for the award will be open until the end of the regular season in April 2023, and fans can vote on the NBA website or through social media using the hashtag #NBACommunityAssist and the player’s name.
In addition to fan voting, a panel of NBA executives, media members, and previous award winners will also select a winner based on the player’s community involvement and impact.
The NBA has long been known for its commitment to social justice and community service, and the Bob Lanier Community Assist Award is just one way in which the league recognizes and celebrates the players who make a positive difference in their communities.