Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony was selected as one of five finalists for the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, the NBA announced on Friday morning.
Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony), Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes), Tobias Harris (@tobias31), Jrue Holiday (@Jrue_Holiday11) and Juan Toscano-Anderson (@juanonjuan10) have been selected as the five finalists for the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #SocialJusticeChampion Award. pic.twitter.com/XbXDBlS4v6
— NBA (@NBA) June 11, 2021
All 30 teams had a nominee before the list was whittled down to the final five. The NBA will donate $100,000 to a “social justice-focused organization” that the winner chooses. The other finalists receive $25,000 donations.
Melo puts a lot of effort into his off-court work. Just last year, he helped start the Social Change Fund with his friends, Phoenix guard Chris Paul and former NBA guard Dwyane Wade.
Anthony also created the STAYME7O Propel Program and Creative 7, initiatives focused on content creation, fashion, art and design. Finally, he is a board member of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition.
Should he win, Anthony’s designated organization is the Portland Art Museum’s Black Arts and Experiences Initiative.
The winner will be announced before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT.