The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced on Thursday that Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry has won the 2023 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his “inspiring work in the community.”
The PBWA stated regarding the 14-year NBA player and member of the league’s 75th Anniversary Team, “[Stephen Curry’s] efforts include promoting youth literacy, fitness and nutrition, and fostering gender equity in sports.” “Throughout the course of the season, Curry always makes time for fans and neighborhood organizations.”
Curry, Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers, Wenyen Gabriel of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics were the other three contenders for the 2022–23 edition of the award.
Over the course of 56 games this season, the 35-year-old averaged 29.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, earning him a ninth selection to the All-Star Game and All-NBA Team.
The Stephen & Ayesha Curry Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, the 10th annual Christmas with the Currys, and his statement on equality in sports at the Warriors’ White House ceremony to honor the team’s NBA Championship were among the off-court accomplishments that the PBWA highlighted.
Few athletes have the same impact or platform as Steph Curry, and he has made the most of it to help others, according to PBWA President Howard Beck. “The Professional Basketball Writers Association salutes him and the other nominees for their outstanding work,” the statement reads.
According to the PBWA, the award, which bears the name of the second NBA commissioner, is given each year to a player, coach, or athletic trainer who exhibits exceptional community involvement and dedication. More than 200 writers and editors work for the company, which frequently covers the league.
The pandemic prevented an award winner from receiving it the previous two years, so this is the first time it has been given since the 2019–20 season. The last time Malcolm Brogdon received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award was in 2020 while playing for the Indiana Pacers.