The Golden State Warriors player is recognized for his pursuit of social justice by supporting African-American and Mexican-American communities
The Mexican basketball player of the Golden state warriors, Juan Toscano-Anderson was selected as one of the five finalists for the first prize Kareem Abdul Jabbar to be awarded annually to an NBA player for pursuing social justice and promoting Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower and advance equality for individuals and groups who have historically been marginalized or systematically disadvantaged, the NBA announced Friday.
In addition to Tuscan, Carmelo anthony of the Portland Trailbazers, Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings, Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers and Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks, are the finalists at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, which will be announced prior to game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Tuscan, whose parents are African American and Mexican American, was chosen by focus on the empowerment of Latino and African American communities, also established the Journey to Achieve Foundation (JTA) to give back to youth and families of color in the Bay Area, Santa Cruz and Mexico.
Also participated in the Warriors’ VOTERS Win campaign, a public service announcement to encourage African American and Latino citizens to vote in the 2020 elections and complete the census, and led two Walk in Unity events in Oakland, uniting people to fight oppression, police brutality and social injustice.
The five players were determined by a selection committee composed by Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame member, and prominent American social justice leaders: Richard Lapchick, Teyonna Lofton, Marc Morial, Janet Murguía and Amanda Nguyen, and Mark Tatum.