Reggie Bullock, a Kinston native and current Dallas Mavericks NBA player, has been named the 2022 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice champion and will donate his award to an eastern Carolina charity.
The winner will also receive $100,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. Bullock chose Kinston Teens, a non-profit dedicated to assisting and empowering young people.
The award is given to the NBA player who best exemplifies “dedication to pursuing social justice and advancing Abdul-life Jabbar’s mission to engage and empower individuals and groups who have historically been marginalised or systemically disadvantaged.”
Kinston Teens founder Chris Suggs says, “It really blew my mind. I can’t say I’m surprised because of his advocacy and uplifting advocacy of marginalized communities, he absolutely deserved this award but to see it all come into play and fruition, we’re excited to see what it means for this organization.”
After his sister, Mia Henderson, a transgender woman was murdered in 2014, Bullock dedicated his life to honoring her legacy and other marginalized communities.
Bullock received the award for his dedication to pursuing social justice and equality for those within the LGBTQ+ Community.
Suggs says, “We could’ve never imagined getting a donation of this size to our organization so we’re so grateful to Reggie and so proud of everything he’s done off and on the court.”
Bullock hasn’t donated the $100,000 just yet but Suggs hopes to have a formal check ceremony in the coming weeks as they come up with a plan to use the money.
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