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Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 2:25 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest is the winner of the 2010-2011 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. Posted by Ben Golliver. ron-artest

Ron Artest wins the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. That only sounds like a headline from The Onion if you haven't been paying attention this season, as Artest has established himself as one of the most committed and public fundraisers in the NBA. 

Artest's issue of interest is mental health awareness and his good deeds are almost too many to name. He donated a significant portion of his salary. He raffled off his only championship ring. He met with Congressional lawmakers in D.C. to discuss the issue (via the Orange County Register).

Here's an excerpt from the NBA's press release.
Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers is the 2010-11 recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The award is named for the second commissioner of the league and honors an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community. 
Artest won for his tireless efforts to promote awareness of mental health, including fund-raising, appearing before Congress in support of Mental Health in Schools Act and his all-around advocacy on the issue. Artest also raffled off his 2010 Championship Ring, raising more than $650,000 for mental health awareness, and took part in a public service announcement in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. 
“Ron has such a passion for the issue, and has demonstrated such leadership he was a perfect choice for such a prestigious award,” said Doug Smith of the Toronto Star and president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. “His work embodies the kind of dedication to important causes that NBA players have become known for.” 
As we wrote back in December... 
If you tried to tell people in 2004 that the Ron Artest who fought with fans in the stands during a game in Detroit would provide the NBA's best Christmas story of 2010, they would have scoffed. That Artest has gone so far above and beyond in his maturation and awareness of his role as a public figure deserves all the praise in the world. 
In a league known for its copycat culture, here's hoping Artest's actions inspire his fellow players to pursue creative, far-reaching charitable contributions on issues that matter to them.
Artest becomes the first Laker to win the award since Magic Johnson in 1991-1992. Michael Cooper was also a winner in 1985-1986. Last year's winner was Samuel Dalembert of the Philadelphia 76ers for his work raising money for relief efforts in his native Haiti.
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

@ Hawkman77, your right ..everyone is entitled to there opinion, and it's actually on NBA 2k11, not 2k10..I didn't say he would win a grammy or anything off the song, it's catchy though.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:31 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

What an unbelievable turnaround for someone who was on the brink of being "just another wasted talent."  Ron Artest should be commended for his efforts to revamp his image/life.  Wasn't he going to become a rapper?  Also, he's a vegan, which is pretty shocking, too.  Non-sequitur: Does anyone remember that haymaker that Jermaine O'Neal landed on that chubby fan during that whole fiasco?  That fan got "knocked the f*$% out!"



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:08 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

@Hawkman 77, it's actually a Ron Artest song, Champions...I hear everytime I turn on my pS3 & play NBA 2K10...actually not a bad song at all, if you hate Hip Hop...then it's obviously not going to be your thing.
I like hip hop.  I just like good hip hop.  But Ron's song sucks.  Just one opinion.

On the other hand, props to Artest for his work. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:37 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

That’s really great. It’s very nice to see a guy with a reputation of bad guy turn his live around and become a model citizen. Great job Ron!!



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:21 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

AGREED INDEED!!!! Goes to show you that most peeps can turn it around if they focus and apply themselves.  Great job Artest, now get your head back in the game and let's get that 2nd ring for u....

GO LAKERS!!!!


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Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:01 am
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Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:13 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

Geeeee.....Not bad for a guy who beat the  &^%* out of his Wife a few years ago in Sacramento! "Mental Illness".....Now that's an understatement !!!



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:05 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

His work in the community is hands down some of the best work throughout the league, but his song on the other hand...... D+ at best. He lives in LA, you would think SNOOP would help him out with the lyrics.



Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:22 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

Great job Ron Artest! Keep up the good work.

Go Lakers!



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:15 am
 

Lakers F Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award

Ron Artest hs become an amazing human-being.


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