Damian Lillard receives April NBA Cares Community Assist Award

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Damian Lillard receives April NBA Cares Community Assist Award originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Portland Trail Blazers own Damian Lillard receives the April NBA Cares Community Assist Award, presented by Kaiser Permanente.

The award is for recognition of his continued efforts to empower young people across Portland.

The award is handed out each month to recognize players who best reflect the passion that the league and NBA players share back to the communities.

Lillard, since being drafted by Portland in 2012, has been focusing and investing in mentoring local high school-aged youth through the RESPECT program.

The program itself helps support, celebrate and encourage three Portland-area high schools.

McDaniel, Parkrose and Roosevelt.

The six-time NBA All-Star was presented with the award on May 19, where Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 on his behalf to Special Olympics Oregon.

Lillard has been a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics since 2013, and has shown consistent support for the local community by hosting basketball camps and fundraising events.

“It’s an honor to receive the NBA Cares Community Assist Award,” said Lillard. “From a young age, my mom and dad taught me about the value of giving back and lifting up others. I’ve been involved with Special Olympics since high school and I’m proud to serve in my role as a Global Ambassador for the organization. Special Olympics is a deserving recipient of this donation as they continue to create a better world of acceptance and inclusion for all people."

The award honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece.

At the end of the season, the Season-long NBA Cares Community Assist Award winner will be announced.

Congratulations, Lillard!