Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill received the October Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his efforts in the community and his humanitarian work, the NBA announced Friday.
Hill was honored for his dedication to fight hunger in the United States and overseas. He headed "Kids Against Hunger" with the Pacers, a day-long food-packing event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Four hundred Pacers employees and partners packed nearly 60,000 meals as part of NBA Cares Week that were distributed in Indianapolis and all over the world.
"I am truly honored and blessed to be chosen to receive this award," said Hill. "The true winners are Kids Against Hunger and Wish For Our Heroes, who will have the opportunity with this donation to continue the great work they do helping those in need. Giving back to others is a huge part of who I am and what I believe in. I would like to thank Kia and the NBA for selecting me. It truly means more than words can express."
Hill has also committed to annual trips to Haiti to organize meal-packing events.
Kia Motors and the NBA recognize an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities. Kia and the NBA will donate $10,000 on Hill's behalf, split between Kids Against Hunger and Wish For Our Heroes.