Saturday, April 4, 2009

Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford Awarded Jason Collier Memorial Trophy

Award recognizes dedication to community service

Prior to this evening’s Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic game at Philips Arena, the Hawks’ Al Horford was awarded the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy by the organization for his dedication to community service.

The Jason Collier Memorial Trophy, named after the late Hawks center who passed away October 15, 2005, is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador.

An active participant in community and charitable initiatives, including STAR House and La Amistad, Horford purchases tickets for each Hawks game for underprivileged families through his Al’s Amigos program. In December, he hosted 25 children from the Stepping Ahead Program for a holiday party at Dave & Busters, treating everyone to dinner, arcade games and presents. Additionally, he purchased clothes, toys and food for five families from Traveler’s Aid of Metro Atlanta during the holidays through the Hawks’ Adopt-A-Family program.

Also a supporter of the Read to Achieve initiative (presented by Philips and Sprite), Horford recently paid a visit Northcutt Elementary School in College Park as part of the “What Keeps You Moving” Essay Contest. Deantae Birdsong, a fifth grade student at the school, won the contest and the special visit from Horford with his essay about physical fitness.

This is the fourth year the Hawks have awarded the trophy, as Horford joins past recipients Marvin Williams (2007-08) and two-time award winner Josh Childress (2005-06 and 2006-07) in receiving this honor.
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