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Harrison Barnes is the recipient of a 2019-20 End-of-Season NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Harrison Barnes continues his exceptional work with youth, families and frontline workers.

On Monday, the NBA announced that Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, along with Jaylen Brown, George Hill, Chris Paul, and Dwight Powell, are recipients of the 2019-20 End-of-Season NBA Cares Community Assist Award for their exemplary work to advance social justice and provide COVID-19 relief.

The Kings detailed some of the work Barnes has done in Sacramento, Dallas, and Iowa communities over the last year in a press release, and it's a seriously impressive display of giving back:

Throughout the year, the Barnes' have assisted various children, families and frontline workers in Sacramento, Dallas and Harrison's hometown of Ames, IA. During the season hiatus, the Barnes' responded to the critical issue of food insecurity across Sacramento's most underserved communities by teaming with Sierra Health Foundation to donate $40,000, funding weekly groceries for vulnerable families and senior citizens impacted by COVID-19. Additionally in Dallas, they donated $40,000, equaling 27,000 meals to Hunger Busters, a local non-profit that provides daily meals for Dallas Independent School District students. The Barnes' also provided $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas to supply personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for the club's reopening. Prior to the season restart, Barnes donated nearly $200,000 for refurbishments to his alma mater Ames High School for renovations to the gym including a video board, upgraded scoreboard, floor-mounted NBA baskets, upgraded lights and student bleachers.

Barnes has also been a leader in fighting for meaningful change to combat racial and social inequities. At the start of the season, Atatiana Jefferson, an unarmed Black woman, was fatally shot inside her home by a police officer in Fort Worth and the Barnes' covered the funeral costs. At a peaceful protest in downtown Sacramento in support of Black Lives Matter following the tragic murder of George Floyd, he spoke about the importance of civic engagement and voting. During the season restart in Orlando, Barnes dedicated each Kings game to a different organization, including The Trayvon Martin Foundation, The Botham Jean Foundation, The Atatiana Project, Mothers Against Police Brutality, The Michael Brown Foundation, Tamir Rice Foundation, Champion in the Making and The African American Policy Forum, contributing $25,000 to each non-profit created by the families of victims of police brutality and gun violence.

Barnes added that he and his wife, Brittany, "dedicate this award to the legacy of Breonna Taylor, and we stand with organizations such as #SayHerName with African American Policy Forum to shine a light on Black women and girls who have been victims of police brutality. We cannot forget them, and the Black men senselessly killed. Our efforts are not done, and we will continue to make a difference to fuel racial and social justice.€

Barnes' 2019-20 NBA Cares Community Assist Award win will result in more good for the community. The NBA and Kaiser Permanente will be donating $10,000 to a charity of Barnes choosing, the African American Policy Forum, which specializes in dismantling structural inequality.

Congratulations to Harrison and Brittany Barnes on much-deserved recognition for all of the admirable work they've done off the court this year.

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Peja
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October 6, 2020 9:28 am

For the last 14 years this franchise has found a lot of ways to be frustrating when it comes to basketball, but seeing things like this always makes me proud of the players and the Kings. The thing the kings have gotten right since Vivek has been an owner is a commitment to the community and a commitment to social justice. We can argue Barnes fit on the basketball court all we want, but Barnes fit with this organization when it comes to serving others in the community is perfect.

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October 6, 2020 9:29 am

Barnes is a mensch of the highest order. This is well-deserved.

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October 6, 2020 9:39 am

Remember when something like this deserved a high five!

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October 6, 2020 2:25 pm
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Me too! …………………
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October 6, 2020 2:25 pm
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October 6, 2020 10:11 am

Barnes is a true role model. Using his success to help others and speaking for causes he believes in. Great guy.

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October 6, 2020 4:19 pm
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Barnes is a tip to the good, over Cousins.
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October 6, 2020 10:24 am

Well done, Harrison!

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October 6, 2020 10:36 am

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Well done, Harrison.

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October 6, 2020 11:26 am
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October 6, 2020 11:49 am
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October 6, 2020 11:38 am
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My family just recently Covid binged on the 4 Indiana Jones movies (my kids had not seen them). As bad as I thought the 4th one was when it came out, it really does fall in line with the ridiculousness and cheese of the first 3. Watching all 4 in order in less than a week really was pleasurable for my family.

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October 6, 2020 2:25 pm
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Thank you. 4 isn’t great, but I always thought it was weird that people acted like it was completely bonkers compared to the rest. Melting Nazi’s with the Ark? Sure! Immortal knight because of a jesus cup? Hell yeah! Aliens? Whoa buddy let’s not get crazy.

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October 6, 2020 11:50 am

Well done Harrison.

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October 6, 2020 1:53 pm

Respect to Harrison Barnes! He may be overpaid but at least he spends some of his money on the important stuff.

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October 6, 2020 2:15 pm

Great work and enjoy Philadelphia!

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October 6, 2020 2:23 pm

Congratulations, Harrison! Well deserved award. 🙂

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October 6, 2020 2:27 pm

Off topic…. 🙁
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October 6, 2020 2:35 pm
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Wasn’t really into the show Friends so I don’t get it.

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October 6, 2020 2:42 pm
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Didn’t recognize him when he was dressed like a Friends character!

Mods – feel free to delete my joke above.

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October 6, 2020 2:51 pm
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2020 sucks. 🙁

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October 6, 2020 4:33 pm

Well, looks like Gentry is coming to the Kings afterall…

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October 6, 2020 4:38 pm
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So, the odds on Luke not finishing the year just went up, no?

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October 6, 2020 5:08 pm
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Alvin’s coming here?!!!

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October 6, 2020 6:06 pm

This team would be so fun to root for if they could just figure out how to win on the court.

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