The award, named after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recognizes players who are making strides in the fight for social justice.
Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time NBA champion, created the award to recognize players who are making strides in the fight for social justice. Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, was selected for the award out of four other finalists, including Kings forward Harrison Barnes, 76ers forward Tobias Harris, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday and Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson.
Anthony earned the award for his dedication over the past year to social justice efforts as well uplifting Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower and drive inequality for individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized or systemically disadvantaged.
“This award right here means more than any of the other awards I’ve ever received,” Anthony said on the broadcast after winning the inaugural award. Anthony will receive $100,000 for his charity, the Portland Art Museum’s Black Arts and Experiences Initiative. The other four finalists will each receive $25,000 for their respective charities.