Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, Milwaukee Bucks goalkeeper Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson are finalists for inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award Social Justice Champion, the NBA has announced Friday.
The award is given to the player who best embodies Abdul-Jabbar’s message of civil rights, black empowerment and racial equality. The five finalists are up for grabs for a $ 100,000 prize that will be donated to a social justice organization of the winner’s choice.
Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade created the Fund for Social Change in July 2020. The organization works to address the social and economic problems facing black communities. Anthony is also a member of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition.
Prior to the 2020 presidential election, Barnes worked with Be.Woke.Vote, a voting campaign aimed at historically deprived young people. He also pledged $ 200,000 to organizations and foundations that fight police brutality and racial inequality.
The 29-year-old is also associated with a black property finance app and has opened savings accounts for 500 students in Dallas and Sacramento.
Harris has allocated $ 300,000, through the Tobias Harris Charity Fund, to the Philadelphia School District Fund to recruit professors from historically black universities and colleges. He also created the Tobias ’Top Teachers program, which funds professional development workshops and purchases classroom materials for teachers to help recruit black male educators.
Holiday set up the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Impact Fund in response to COVID-19 and global anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd. The fund has provided grants to 50 black property companies and black-led organizations in New Orleans, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
Holiday also won the Joe Dumars Trophy for sports last week.
Toscano-Anderson created the Journey to Achieve Foundation to help blacks in California and Mexico. He was also a part of the Winning Electoral Warriors campaign during the 2020 elections.
The winner of the award will be announced before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.