Malcolm Brogdon wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Malcolm Brogdon Indiana Pacers
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Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has won the 2019-2020 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).

Named after the NBA’s second commissioner, the honor is presented annually to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Brogdon was one of five finalists for the award along with Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (who played for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019-20), Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie and Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce.

“The depth and breadth of Malcolm Brogdon’s commitment to making a positive difference is inspiring,” said PBWA President Josh Robbins of The Athletic. “Members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association salute him and commend his fellow finalists and nominees for their exemplary work.”

Brogdon, 27, is being honored for his commitment to education, gender and health equality as well as his support for criminal justice and voting reform.

In July, Brogdon launched the Brogdon Family Foundation with a focus on two major initiatives, Hoops4Humanity and the JHA Education Project.

Hoops4Humanity seeks to create access to clean water and education for children and families in Africa.

The JHA Education Project focuses on literacy, mentoring and infrastructure programs for students in underserved communities.

Brogdon averaged career highs of 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game in 54 games last season in his first season with the Pacers.