Pelicans DeMarcus Cousins receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award15

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Posted: Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK – New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins has received the inaugural Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his numerous community efforts in Alabama, New Orleans, Sacramento and South Africa, the NBA announced today. The first offseason honor since the program’s inception in 2001, the award recognizes an NBA player for his exceptional work and its impact from the end of the regular season to the start of the following season.

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are honoring Cousins for his work to help those most in need in the communities that have impacted his life and NBA career, while inspiring fellow NBA players to join his efforts. In his hometown of Mobile, Ala., Cousins donated funds to build an outdoor basketball facility at Figures Park. He also hosted basketball camps for more than 300 youth in Sacramento and Birmingham, Ala. Cousins worked with VSP Global to provide free eye exams for all attendees in Sacramento, and he donated backpacks and school supplies in Birmingham. In addition, Cousins held free block parties in Mobile and Sacramento with the help of teammates Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe and NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal, providing a variety of food, music and games for local kids and their families.

This past summer, Cousins participated in NBA Africa Game 2017 and Basketball without Borders (BWB), where he visited orphaned youth at SOS Children’s Village and helped host a Jr. NBA Special Olympics Unified® Basketball Clinic for local athletes.

“Giving back to those in need is something that has always been a big part of my life,” said Cousins. “The NBA has given me a unique platform that helps me connect with the people I really care about in the community. I am so thankful for this recognition and extremely blessed to have the opportunity to touch people’s lives.”

Before the Pelicans’ home game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier will present the award to Cousins during an oncourt ceremony. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 on Cousins’ behalf toHouston Mayor’s Relief Fund through Dynamo Charities.

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. It honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. To learn more, please visit http://www.nba.com/communityassist/.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.