Jameer Nelson has won the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award, the Magic and the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation announced at tonight's 23rd Annual Black Tie and Tennies Charity Gala.
The award recognizes the community efforts of players off the court to "enhance others' lives." The past award winners are a who's who of Magic greats and include Nick Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway, Darrell Armstrong, Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick. This was Nelson's first time winning the award. The award is in the form of a $50,000 donation from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation a charity of the recipient's choice.
Nelson has long been active in the Orlando community as so many other Magic players are.
Of note (and mentioned in the Magic's release), Nelson has been a constant presence at the Magic's yearly trip to the Coalition for the Homeless around Thanksgiving where the team provides more than 600 meals to needy families during the holiday season. Nelson's work on that front continued where he provided holiday gifts to two families associated with Orange County Public Schools Homeless Division.
Nelson has very much been a part of memorable holidays for families in need.
Family is a big part of Nelson's life. And his charitable work extends well beyond Orlando.no comments