They were chosen for their work as social justice advocates, continuing the work of NBA legend Abdul Jabbar, whose mission is to “engage, empower and drive equality for individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized or systemically disadvantaged,” per the league. A panel of social justice leaders and NBA representatives selected the finalists.
The winner will be announced during the NBA conference finals and receive a $100,000 donation from the NBA to commit to a social justice organization of his choice. The other four finalists each will select an organization to receive a $25,000 contribution.
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