Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was named as the winner of the 2012-13 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his work in the Denver community.
Faried is known around the league and the community for his work with Special Olympic athletes and Athlete Ally, an organization that works to encourage the acceptance of all people and end homophobia in sports. He won the “Kia Community Assist Award” for February in recognition of his efforts in the community and his outstanding philanthropic work.
He purchased season tickets, this season, to be distributed to Special Olympics Colorado, Denver Public Schools and Denver Rescue Mission. He also recently joined the giveSPORTS equipment drive for kids affected by the Colorado wildfires. Faried distributed and personally delivered 44 pairs of shoes to a local middle school team to use for their upcoming season.
The award is presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the coach, trainer or player who shows the most dedication and passion for service to the community.