The Orlando Magic announced Tuesday that its own Tobias Harris has been nominated for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, which recognizes the NBA player, coach, or trainer who has exhibited "outstanding service and dedication to the community over the previous year."
Also nominated are Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies. The league's teams nominated one player from their squad, and a panelist of 14 longtime Pro Basketball Writers' Association members nominated the six finalists.
Harris has strong case for taking home the honor: in addition to sharing the 2015 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment award with Magic teammate Victor Oladipo, Harris has made numerous appearances in and contributions to the Central Florida community. Among those contributions: establishing mentorship programs at Nap Ford Community School and Howard Middle School; sponsoring Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts for local families; and furnishing youth organizations with Magic game tickets through the team's Share the Magic program.
Balloting for the 2015 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award ends on Friday, April 10th. The three most recent winners are Luol Deng, Kenneth Faried, and Pau Gasol. The award is named for James Walter Kennedy, who served as the NBA's commissioner--a position then known as president--from 1963-75.