Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was named the winner of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his work in the community, it was announced Wednesday.
Faried, 23, was honored for his work with the Special Olympics athletes and his role with Athlete Ally, an organization that works to encourage acceptance of others and end homophobia in sports.
In his second season with the team, Faried has been more involved in the team's community outreach. He has purchased a block of season tickets for distribution to children from Special Olympics Colorado, Denver Public Schools and the Denver Rescue Mission. As well, Faried also joined the "giveSPORTS" equipment drive for kids affected by the Colorado wildfires and around the state.
He is the third Nuggets player to receive the award: Dan Issel was honored in 1984-85 and Alex English in 1987-88. The award, which is voted on by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, is named after the NBA's second commissioner.