Hurricane Maria triggered mass destruction and harm and was catastrophic for Puerto Rico when it made landfall on September 20.
The island remains to be recovering in the aftermath of the storm and one NBA participant and native Puerto Rican has carried out no matter he can to assist his folks get well from the disaster: J.J Barea.
Barea was simply honored with the 2017-18 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his work.
Here is the NBA press launch on the award:
“Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has gained the 2017-18 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, as administered and chosen by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is introduced yearly by the PBWA to a participant, coach or athletic coach who exhibits excellent service and dedication to the neighborhood.
Barea was one in every of 5 finalists for the award, together with Oklahoma City Thunder ahead Carmelo Anthony, Golden State Warriors ahead Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade. The finalists have been chosen by a committee of 25 PBWA members from an inventory of 25 nominees submitted by NBA groups. The winner was decided by a vote of your entire PBWA, which consists of greater than 200 writers and editors who cowl the NBA frequently for newspapers, magazines and web sites.
A 12-year NBA veteran, Barea is being honored for his swift and sustained response to catastrophe aid efforts in Puerto Rico in the course of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Barea married his spouse, Viviana Ortiz, on the island in August 2016. His mother and father and different relations stay in Puerto Rico and have been amongst these affected by the September storm.
“J.J. Barea’s impassioned and tireless efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico are inspiring and should spur us all to contribute in our own communities,” mentioned PBWA President Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. “PBWA members salute J.J., his fellow finalists and fellow nominees for their outstanding and heartfelt work.”
In the times instantly after Hurricane Maria, Barea coordinated 5 journeys to the island and labored with companions in North Texas to ship turbines, meals, water, clothes, medical provides and different requirements. He borrowed the Mavericks’ workforce aircraft from proprietor Mark Cuban to facilitate supply.
In addition to offering greater than 100,000 kilos of provides, Barea helped manage monetary assist for households affected by the hurricane. He has personally raised practically $500,000 and launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com that has generated practically $270,000. Barea additionally labored with the Mavericks to donate 100 p.c of all single-game ticket gross sales from their Oct. 25 recreation towards the Memphis Grizzlies, elevating an extra $114,000 for Puerto Rico’s restoration.
In January, the J.J. Barea Foundation – which gives financial help to nonprofit entities in Puerto Rico – partnered with ofo, the world’s main station-free bike-sharing firm, to donate 600 bikes to assist with transportation on the island. After being shipped to Puerto Rico and assembled by the inspiration with steerage and coaching from ofo, the bikes have been distributed among the many Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico and communities alongside the Martín Peña Channel.”
Pretty superior stuff by Barea to assist his folks, and fairly cool of Mark Cuban to permit Barea to make use of the workforce personal jet to make these journeys and transport the provides.
Here is to hoping that Puerto Rico is ready to proceed to maneuver previous the devastation and lack of Hurricane Maria and these are the form of neighborhood tales by NBA gamers that usually go unnoticed in the midst of all the rumors and conjecture and every day grind that’s the affiliation.
The publish JJ Barea Wins Citizen Award for Response in Puerto Rico appeared first on The Hoop Doctors.