Jason Terry Receives NBA Community Assist Award for November

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NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2008 – Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry has been named the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for November, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.

Terry is being honored following his second annual Jason Terry Coat Drive. Terry teamed up with Dave & Buster’s, asking fans to donate coats to be given to local homeless shelters this winter and signing autographs for participants to thank them for their generosity. Fans donated more than 350 winter coats to be given to local children and families in need. Following the coat drive, Terry donated $5,000 for additional coat purchases and personally delivered the items collected to the shelter.

“It’s such a privilege to be a part of the Dallas community that I love so much,” said Terry. “There are so many people in need out there and I’m just trying to contribute in whatever ways that I can. I think that one of the best parts of being a professional athlete is giving back.”

Jason Terry gives back to the community year-round through a number of programs. In 2000, Terry established the Jason Terry Foundation as a way to Help Others Obtain Dreams (H.O.O.D.). The foundation is a youth-based organization that provides young people with educational opportunities and teaches them self-empowerment. Through his nonprofit organization, Terry hosts free youth basketball camps and supports educational youth programs and cancer foundations.

Having been personally affected by cancer, Terry is a strong supporter of Gilda’s Club North Texas, which assists people living with cancer and their families through emotional and social support programs. Since the 2004-05 season, Terry has donated $100 for every three-pointer he makes to Gilda’s Club. Last year, he made 164 three-pointers and donated $16,400 to the Club. Terry’s donation is matched each year by a local sponsor and an anonymous donor. To date, more than $77,000 has been donated to Gilda’s Club through the program. This season, Terry also served as the Grand Marshall for the Heroes for Children 5K Run/Walk to benefit children with cancer.

Terry also participates in a number of awareness campaigns that seek to educate the community on important health and safety issues. He has filmed three public service announcements for Think Child Safety, a prevention program that aids in reducing injuries and deaths among children, and has taken part in a National Weather Service PSA to spread the word on weather preparedness.

This is the second time that Terry has been honored with the NBA Community Assist Award. He previously received the award in July 2002.

As the November NBA Community Assist Award recipient, Terry will receive the David Robinson Plaque with the inscription, “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” In addition, a $5,000 donation will be given by the NBA to the Jason Terry Foundation.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.