Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, Milwaukee Bucks Junior Holiday guard and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano Anderson have been named as the five finalists for Social Justice Champion inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The new annual award, named after six-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, honors the current NBA player for pursuing social justice and advancing Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower, and advance equality for individuals and individuals. Groups that have been historically marginalized or systematically disadvantaged
The finalists for the award were chosen from among an impressive group of NBA team nominees who have upheld the league’s decades of values of equality, respect and inclusion. The finalists were determined by a selection panel composed of Abdul-Jabbar, prominent leaders in the field of social justice, including Director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport Dr. and CEO Janet Morgoya, Rice founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen, and NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum.
As previously announced, each finalist has selected an organization focused on promoting social justice that will receive a contribution on his behalf. The winner’s selection will receive a $100,000 donation and the other four contestants will receive a $25,000 contribution to the social justice organization of their choice.
The winner will be announced prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT.