Way to go Sammy!!!

76ers’ Dalembert honored

(Via www.philly.com) The Professional Basketball Writers Association on Monday named 76ers center Samuel Dalembert as the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for 2009-10.

The award, named for the NBA’s second commissioner, honors an NBA player or coach for “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”

Dalembert was honored for his efforts after a devastating earthquake hit his native country, Haiti, on Jan. 12. Dalembert twice visited Haiti, raised awareness for relief, and donated $100,000 to UNICEF.

“What Samuel has done should be a model for all professional athletes,” said Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, president of the writers’ association, in a news release. “He saw a crying need for help and worked tirelessly to give whatever aid he could while spurring others to act and contribute as well.”

In 2007, Dalembert founded the Samuel Dalembert Foundation, which assists Haiti by teaming with UNICEF, the Red Cross, and Feed the Children.

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