NEW YORK – The NBA today announced Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey as the NBA Cares Community Assist Award winner for the month of November in recognition of his dedication to strengthening families and communities and supporting youth development. Each month of the regular season the award recognizes a player who best demonstrates the passion that the league and NBA players share for giving back to their communities.
Amidst NBA Cares Season of Giving, Maxey and the Tyrese Maxey Foundation donated 300 turkey meals to families in need in West Philadelphia during the Thanksgiving Holiday. In partnership with both community and corporate partners, the Foundation gathered volunteers to help pack the meals for distribution at the Tustin Recreations Center, ensuring each family received a turkey, a five-pound bag of potatoes and other traditional Thanksgiving meal items.
Earlier this year, Maxey supported the 76ers’ back-to-school efforts in taking part in a surprise pep rally for the students at Forest Hill Elementary School in Camden, NJ. During the rally, Maxey discussed with students the importance of respecting their teachers, regular attendance to classes, focus during the school day and goal setting. All 300 students at the event received a new backpack and school supplies while every educator at the school received 76ers swag to deck out their classrooms and help further inspire students. In addition to his work with local students, throughout the summer Maxey spent his time helping to provide youth ages 7-12 access to the game through his 1% Skills Camp. A priority for Maxey is accessibility, and each camp hosted in Philadelphia, Garland, TX and Lexington, KY were offered free of charge for all participants, serving more than 500 youth. The 1% Skills Camp teaches student-athletes how to get one percent better as an overall athlete and provides a one-of-a-kind experience inclusive of enhanced training, pre- and post-game workouts and valuable nutrition tips.
“I’m grateful to God, my community, and the NBA for this honor,” said Maxey. “I feel really connected to families in Philly and Dallas because they work so hard day in and day out and I understand that hustle – to be in a position to give back, I’m truly blessed.”
Maxey will be recognized during an on-court ceremony before the 76ers’ home contest against the LA Clippers on Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. ET. Head coach Doc Rivers will present him with the award. The NBA will donate $10,000 to the Tyrese Maxey Foundation.
The NBA Cares Community Assist Award honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. To learn more, please visit https://communityassist.nba.com/.
About NBA Cares
NBA Cares is the league’s global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA’s mission of addressing important social issues. NBA Cares programs and participants have provided more than 6.2 million hours of hands-on service and created more than 2,040 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in communities around the world. Internationally, NBA Cares has created more than 375 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in 40 countries and territories. NBA Cares works with nationally and internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Vera Institute of Justice, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, UNICEF, Special Olympics, The Jed Foundation, Share Our Strength and GLSEN.