Trail Blazers Press Release

Lillard Among Finalists As Fan Voting Tips Off For 2013 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award

04/29/13
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    Fans to help determine winner; Trail Blazers guard among 10 finalists
     
    PORTLAND, Ore. (April 29, 2013) – Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award. For the first time, fans can help determine the winner by voting on the NBA Facebook page. Voting tips off today and runs through May 17.
     
    Lillard received the Kia Community Assist Award for March for his commitment to anti-bullying and ongoing support of local, regional and national organizations that share his passion for promoting respect for all. He is the face of the Trail Blazers’ “Respect, Pass it On” campaign, which has resulted in more than 6,000 pledges on the team’s website.
     
    The six-time Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month became the fourth NBA rookie to receive a monthly Community Assist Award and the first since Atlanta’s Al Horford in 2008. He also became the fifth Trail Blazers player to win the award (Wesley Matthews, Feb. 2012; Juwan Howard, April 2010; Theo Ratliff, May 2006; Damon Stoudamire, Oct. 2004).
     
    The 2013 Seasonlong Kia Community Assist Award winner will be determined by fans and a distinguished panel of NBA judges, including past J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winners and NBA Legends Bob Lanier and Dikembe Mutombo. Kia and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the winner’s charity of choice.
     
    The other finalists include Tyson Chandler (New York), Kenneth Faried (Denver), Tyler Hansbrough (Indiana), David Lee (Golden State), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers), Zach Randolph (Memphis), Dwyane Wade (Miami) and Deron Williams (Brooklyn).

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