The Sacramento Kings announced that guard Ben McLemore has been named a finalist by the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the 2014-15 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his ongoing charitable and communitywork.Presented by Kaiser Permanente, the award honors and recognizes an NBA player who best reflects the passion for giving back to the community.
A panel of NBA judges and fan votes will determine the winner. Voting runs from April 20 through April 27 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore.
Fueled by his upbringing, Ben McLemore is passionate about giving back to those in need throughout the Sacramento community and his hometown of Wellston, Missouri.
Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will provide a $25,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. McLemore has selected Saint John’s Program for Real Change in continued efforts to empower homeless women with children to advance from crisis to self-sufficiency. Saint John’s intends to use this donation to purchase a 15-passenger van to transport homeless children to and from school. Due to recent budget cuts, children residing at the shelter were forced to attend a school that is no longer in walking distance and does notprovide reliable transportation.
For more information, visit www.Kings.com/VoteBen and www.NBA.com/communityassist.
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