While on the court performances are always under the microscope by fans and media outlets, the contributions that NBA players make off the court for their communities and others around the world will occasionally go unnoticed. The NBA, however, takes into account these contributions every season and recognizes a single player, coach or trainer that has made some of the best efforts to service their communities. The J. Walker Kennedy Award is given to such a player, and Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver has been listed as one of the nominees for this season’s award.
Kyle is one of five players up for the award as Ray Allen, Matt Bonner, Luol Deng, and Kevin Durant round out the list of nominees. Kyle has made a number of contributions during his playing career, including the Kyle Korver Foundation, which has made a number of efforts to help underprivileged children and families. The foundation has held numerous coat drives as well as helped install over 100 wheelchair ramps. Kyle also owns Seer Outfitters, a clothing brand that gives all proceeds to numerous organizations around the country. This season, Kyle partnered with Atlanta Mission for a sock drive for the homeless as well as participated in the Hawks Assist Program, which purchases 1,000 tickets for underprivileged children and chaperons for various Hawks games. Korver also helped donate 90 Christmas tree to military families to mark his 90th consecutive game with a three pointer back in late November.
Back in February, Kyle participated in a movement to spread awareness about slavery world-wide by placing red X’s on his hands and shoes. Kevin Love and Al Horford were also among a number of athletes that supported the cause.
The award will likely be announced in early May and it would certainly be a great testament to all that Kyle Korver has done for the Atlanta community. Keep it up Kyle!