Fan voting for the 2020-21 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente will begin today on social media at noon ET and conclude on Saturday, June 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET, the NBA today announced. Selected by fans and an NBA executive panel, the seasonlong winner will be announced during the postseason.
The seasonlong award honors a player’s continued commitment to positively impact his community through sustained efforts and difference-making work over the course of the season. The winner will receive the award during a virtual presentation with their team, league and Kaiser Permanente officials, and a $25,000 donation from the NBA and Kaiser Permanente will be made on his behalf to an organization of his choosing.
Fans can now vote for their preferred seasonlong award nominee via Jebbit, a mobile platform specializing in data collection, where they can view and select videos highlighting each player’s impact. They are also able to vote on Twitter by using #NBACommunityAssist and a player’s handle or #PlayerFirstNameLastName. Votes cast via Jebbit then reposted on Twitter will count as two separate votes and retweets will also be counted.
The 10 nominees include the offseason winner, six monthly winners and three additional players selected by the NBA for their exceptional community work. The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities, and honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. was one of the 10 finalists nominated for the award. All season long Nance has been wearing apparel from local businesses prior to each and every game. He would then auction off an autographed game-worn jersey, either his own or a teammate’s and donate the proceeds to the business he represented that night. On top of that, both Nance and the Cavaliers organization would match those donations in order to further help local businesses impacted by the pandemic.
“There’s nothing greater than to do something for others,” said Nance. “It’s all about, you know, giving. Any time we can get into the community, it’s super important to raise spirits and hopefully doing just that.”
Go vote for Larry however you can.