Philadelphia 76ers forward Matisse Thybulle, left, and forward Tobias Harris high five during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Philadelphia 76ers star Tobias Harris has been honored with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of October in recognition of his efforts to improve literacy and education outcomes, the NBA today announced, via

Each month of the regular season, the award recognizes a player who best demonstrates the passion that the league and NBA players share for giving back to their communities.

As part of his Tobias Lit Labs campaign, an initiative that brings diverse books and authors to schools and families launched in 2019, Harris partnered with Read by 4th to host a Book Block Party on Oct. 17 in North Philadelphia.

The free festival highlighted the importance of building home literacy habits, brought thousands of diverse books to youth and families in the community, and connected them with local literacy resources.

…Harris’ support of educational equity extends beyond Philadelphia to his native Long Island, Orlando, Haiti, and South Africa. 

Through the Tobias Harris Charitable Fund, he has contributed more than $2 million in addition to donating classroom supplies and supporting professional development for educators and students, ensuring all are equipped with the necessary tools to learn every day.

Harris also serves on the Board of Directors for the NBA Foundation, which was created by the 30 NBA teams to invest in local and national organizations that promote school-to-career and workforce development opportunities for Black youth.

Harris will be presented with the award tomorrow prior to the 76ers home game against the Golden State Warriors by 76ers Managing Partner Josh Harris.