The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that Zach Randolph has received a community assist award which will see Kaiser Permanente and the NBA donate $10,000 to the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. The 35-year-old was rewarded for his continuous efforts to help those in need throughout the Memphis community.
According to the press release, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Randolph, along with his teammates, served over 200 men and women who had found themselves homeless in Memphis. He also donated socks, hats, and other clothing to a mission in Memphis in an effort to help them stave off the cold this winter. The Indiana-born big man has a laundry list of contributions and good deeds that have preceded him being awarded January NBA Cares Communisty Assist Award.
“It’s important to me to help single-parent families and children in need because I was one of them,” said Randolph. “I do all I can to connect and communicate with these kids, to remind them that they can survive their struggles and become whatever they want to be," Randolph said in the release.
The same press release gave details of when Randolph will be presented with the award: "Before today’s [Tuesday's] home game against the Phoenix Suns, Randolph will be presented the award during an on-court ceremony. The award honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 on Randolph’s behalf to the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation.”