PHOENIX SUNS

Suns G Devin Booker receives May’s NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Jun 7, 2021, 10:14 AM
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and guard Chris Paul celebrate during the first half of Game 5 ...
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and guard Chris Paul celebrate during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was honored Monday with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of May.

The award was in recognition of Booker’s Starting Five initiative, which saw Arizona Autism United, Central Arizona Shelter Services, YMCA of Southern Arizona, GAP Ministries and Elevate Phoenix each receive a $100,000 grant from the guard to help for funding, improvements and other needs.

“From the beginning of my career, it has been important for me to be involved with the Suns organization and the community in Phoenix,” Booker said in a press release. “All five of these organizations better the lives of the youth by giving them opportunities they need to succeed.

“I want to thank the organizations for allowing me the opportunity to help advance all of the work they’re doing in our community.”

This year’s group marked the second class of Booker’s Starting Five.

Over a five-year period, Booker will give out five separate $100,000 grants each year to nonprofit organizations, for a grand total of $2.5 million.

Not only does Booker receive the monthly honor, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are donating $10,000 on his behalf to Special Olympics of Arizona to support the basketball team representing Arizona at the 2022 USA Games, the league said.

Each month, the NBA recognizes a player “who best reflects the passion that the league and NBA players share for giving back to their communities.”

With the award, Booker is in the running for the Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award. The winner will be chosen from 10 players — offseason award winner, six monthly winners and three additional players.

The winner will be decided by an NBA executive panel and fan vote, which opens June 8 and runs through June 19. Fans can vote on Twitter and Jebbit.

Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 30: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the NBA game...
Nicholas Hodell

Suns G Chris Paul partners with Gopuff to assist underrepresented businesses

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul is helping underrepresented businesses and entrepreneurs through his partnership with Gopuff.
4 days ago
Credit: @cedceballos / Twitter...
Nicholas Hodell

Former Suns F Cedric Ceballos says he is COVID-19 free, but still in ICU

Former NBA player Cedric Ceballos tweeted on Sunday that he is COVID-19 free, but also that he is still recovering in an intensive care unit.
7 days ago
Photo by luiscolato.com...
Associated Press

Tech data shows Arizona’s busy sports gambling activity

"Arizona ... had more wagered online than mature states like Michigan, Colorado and Tennessee at the FanDuel Sportsbook,” a spokesman said.
8 days ago
Images of the FanDuel sportsbook inside Footprint Center. (Photo by luiscolato.com)...
Associated Press

What to know as legal sports gambling begins in Arizona

Which in-person betting services are open Thursday? What other sportsbooks are still coming? And how did Arizona get here?
12 days ago
Photo by luiscolato.com...
Arizona Sports

Suns release images of FanDuel sportsbook at Footprint Center as betting opens in Arizona

See pictures inside the Phoenix Suns FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center. Legalized betting opens in Arizona on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
12 days ago
...
Arizona Sports

Suns G Devin Booker featured on Kicks Magazine cover

Devin Booker studies the details. And in reading the featured story for SLAM's latest edition of KICKS Magazine, fans can get a sense of that.
13 days ago
Suns G Devin Booker receives May’s NBA Cares Community Assist Award