INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers forward Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Award, given annually to an NBA player for community service.
Deng has had a long commitment to philanthropic work in his native South Sudan. His recent public service announcement for EnoughProject.org urges peace in his homeland. Deng also established a charitable foundation in Britain, which granted his family political asylum.
Cavs coach Mike Brown says Deng’s award is “well-deserved. He has an amazing story.”
Deng says he’s honored to receive the award, which is named after the league’s second commissioner and has been handed out since 1975.