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Trae Young receives January NBA Care Community Assist Award

Trae Young is the January recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award, recognizing his work in communities in Georgia and Oklahoma.

The honor was announced Friday, and Young will be presented with the award Saturday night before he and the Atlanta Hawks play the Dallas Mavericks. Kaiser Permanente, the sponsor of the award, and the NBA will also donate $10,000 on Young's behalf to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.

The NBA Cares Community Assist Award is given out monthly to a player who represents the league's desire to give back to the community.

Young received the award after his organization, the Trae Young Foundation donated $10,000 to RIP Medical Debt to eliminate over $1 million worth of medical debt from nearly 600 people in Atlanta at the start of January.

The Norman native's foundation also promotes mental health and cyber and social media bullying. Young has also given back to Oklahoma through the Trae Young Basketball Academy, giving children a place to develop skills and enjoy the game of basketball.

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Atlanta's Trae Young (11) drives up court at Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) defends during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City,Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.  [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Atlanta's Trae Young (11) drives up court at Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) defends during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City,Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Abby Bitterman

Abby Bitterman covers OU athletics for The Oklahoman. She joined The Oklahoman in September 2019 to cover high school sports. A Chicago native, Abby graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2019 with degrees in journalism and political... Read more ›

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