Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore won the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for December for in his charitable contributions and commitment to fight childhood hunger, the NBA announced today.
McLemore’s focus on childhood hunger is derived from his own upbringing in Wellston, Mo., one of the poorest communities in Missouri.
McLemore established “All 4 Kids” along with his high school basketball coach in 2013. It’s a nonprofit organization that looks to provide healthy meals to children in need.
In December, All 4 Kids sponsored a holiday meal and presents for 150 homeless children at the Lawrence Community Shelter in Kansas. All 4 Kids also organized a holiday party at the St. Louis Transitional Hope House. McLemore and his family gave out 200 presents, along with dinner and holiday treats for every resident.
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McLemore also treated 10 youth in Sacramento to a shopping spree at Wal-Mart before Christmas with the only stipulation being the children had to select a present for their parents first.
“This year, I was blessed with the opportunity to reach underserved youth in both my hometown of Wellston, and in Sacramento,” said McLemore in a statement. “Giving back to underprivileged communities is my passion, and I aim to do more each year to feed children throughout the country.”
NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier, Kings principle owner Vivek Ranadive, president Chris Granger and general manager Pete D’Alessandro will present McLemore with the David Robinson Plaque.
The NBA will also donate $10,000 on McLemore’s behalf to Wind Youth Services.