Donovan Mitchell has been named a finalist for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Mitchell is one of 10 nominees for the award that recognizes a player's "strong commitment to positively impacting their communities through sustained efforts over the course of the season." The winner gets the community award and $25,000 to donate to the charity of his choice. Mitchell would donate the money to his Spidacares Foundation.
Fan voting ends Sunday, May 5 at 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time. To vote for Mitchell, go to Jebbit.com, or on Twitter use the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #DonovanMitchell or @spidamitchell. Retweets also count as votes.
Mitchell's community contributions for this season include:
- Launching the Spidacares Foundation
- Awarding a $25,000 scholarship to the daughter of his fourth-grade teacher
- Gave away autographed shoes to a fan before every game, home and away
- Stops at high school and college sporting events, holiday barbecues, random acts of kindness
- Spends time with patients and families at Primary Children's Hospital
- Donated 300 backpacks to Kearns High while speaking about the importance of an education
- Hosted 300 youth at two sessions of his basketball camp and provided 10 scholarships for children in need to attend the camp; emphasized character to young athletes