Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill is a recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award, the league announced Monday.
The award recognized five NBA players who displayed a continuous commitment to bettering their respective communities throughout the 2019-2020 NBA season. According to the NBA, this year’s award specifically recognized players whose work impacted the fight for social justice and COVID-19 relief efforts.
In a ZOOM call with reporters, Hill explained of his willingness to give back, “It’s what I wake up for, it’s what I live for, it’s what I want my kids to see me as – who I am as a father. We’re more than just athletes, we’re human beings.”
In Milwaukee, Hill’s youth mentorship program (George’s Gentlemen) assists Milwaukee Public School students in staying engaged during the pandemic. Hill has also donated meals to health care workers in San Antonio, Texas and contributed to the Bucks Emergency Relief Fund which provided financial relief to Fiserv Forum employees.
Hill and his teammates were also instrumental in the fight for social justice, electing not to play game 5 of their first round playoff series against the Orlando Magic.
So what’s next? “I have an event coming up at ground control in San Antonio, where I’m inviting 100 kids from the Boys & Girls club and Roy Maas Youth Alternative House to just come out and have a good day. A lot of these kids don’t have parents or come from single parent families.”
A $10,000 donation from the NBA and Kaiser Permanente will be given to each End of Season NBA Cares Community Assist Award recipient for the charity of his choice. Hill has selected ‘Represent Justice’ as the recipient of the donation.
To learn more about the NBA Cares Community Assist Award, visit https://communityassist.nba.com/.