Award recognizes dedication to community service

ATLANTA (April 9, 2014) -- Prior to this evening’s Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics game at Philips Arena, the Hawks’ Kyle Korver was awarded the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy by the organization for his dedication to community service.

The Jason Collier Memorial Trophy, named after the late Hawks center who passed away October 15, 2005, is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador.

A frequent participant in community and charitable endeavors over his two seasons with the Hawks, Korver is also involved in a number of philanthropic initiatives through his Kyle Korver Foundation, as well as being the owner and operator of Seer Outfitters, a clothing brand which donates 100% of its profits to support organizations and causes throughout the country.

His foundation recently conducted a “March Madness” fundraiser to help families build wheelchair ramps. The effort surpassed his goal of $20,000 to construct ramps for 10 families. Earlier this year, Korver held a sock drive, in partnership with Atlanta Mission, which collected 4,000 pairs of socks that were delivered to the city’s largest and longest-running provider of services to homeless men, women and children.

He has participated in a number of other initiatives this season, including the Hawks Adopt-A-Family program during the holiday season, a court dedication ceremony at the Anderson Boys & Girls Club, as well as Make-A-Wish Experiences.

Korver also purchases tickets to each Hawks home game for a number of area youth groups and has participated in “meet & greets” with community organizations.

Additionally, the Hawks and the Jason Collier Memorial Foundation have donated 250 tickets, as well as Hawks no. 40 t-shirts, to tonight’s game to The Fatherless Daughter Project, Kids2Leaders, Mothers Raising Sons, Inc., and the Atlanta Youth Academy. Children from the organizations will be a part of pregame activities on the court and also receive full scholarships to a future Hawks Youth Basketball Clinic courtesy of the Jason Collier Memorial Foundation and the Hawks.

This is the ninth year the Hawks have awarded the trophy. Past recipients include: Josh Childress (2005-06 and 2006-07), Marvin Williams (2007-08 and 2010-11), Al Horford (2008-09), Josh Smith (2009-10), Zaza Pachulia (2011-12) and Devin Harris (2012-13).