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Allen wins Community Assist award

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 10, 2011 11:09 AM

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Ray Allen spoke to soldiers via teleconference in January.

Ray Allen is set to pass Reggie Miller on the all-time 3-point list, but this morning the NBA honored him for his off-court efforts, awarding him the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January.

From the NBA:

The NBA is honoring Allen in part for his efforts in supporting U.S. soldiers overseas and his commitment to supporting community-based programs for local youth and families. Allen tipped off the month by taking time to chat via video link to members of the 3rd Battalion 126 Aviation Regiment Unit currently stationed in Kuwait. Having come from a military family, Allen appreciates the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers and spent the time thanking the men and women for their bravery and answering their questions. Later in the month, Allen provided 20 tickets to active-duty military soldiers and their families through the Celtics Seats for Soldiers program. Prior to tip-off, Ray came out and met with 100 military soldiers and their families.

Allen also took time in January to join Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for Project 351, a day that was focused on Massachusetts’ commitment toward the next generation of leaders, role models, and learners. Each city and town in Massachusetts selected one eighth grader that spent a day of service joined by the governor and Ray Allen. Ray worked with eighth graders from across the state to pack apples and gift bags for the elderly. In addition, he spent time speaking to the youth and encouraging them to remain dedicated to their goals. Allen also filmed a PSA for Project 351 and purchased tickets for a Celtics game for the children and their mentors.


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