Former NBA All-Star Joe Barry Carroll Named Champion for Justice

May 1, 2014

The Atlanta Braves and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will partner for the Delta Air Lines Champions Luncheon where NBRPA Member Joe Barry Carroll will receive the Hank Aaron Champion for Justice Award at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2 at Turner Field’s 755 Club. The award is given to outstanding individuals who have made a lifelong commitment to overcoming industry obstacles and inspiring future generations. Awardees will also participate in a panel discussion on the role of athletes in challenging discrimination and societal barriers. An on-field award ceremony will occur at 7:15 pm prior to the Braves’ game.

Carroll, the seven-foot-tall No 1 overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, played professionally for eleven years with NBA totals of 12,455 points, 5,404 rebounds, 1,264 assists and 1,122 blocked shots, which included a career high average of 24 points in the 1983-84 season.

At the age of 26, Carroll established the BroadView Foundation to financially support and participate in organizations and programs that serve lower socio-economic groups and individuals in communities of color. In addition to establishing college scholarships, Carroll and BroadView have funded afterschool programs, elder care, Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Task Force for the Homeless, The Georgia Innocence Project, and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station. He also serves as a board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA).

“I am naturally flattered by this award, but in a larger way, I feel that the ‪Atlanta Braves and Center for Civil and Human Rights are not only recognizing my contributions to the community and the ‪Georgia Innocence Project, but more precisely the incredible work that GIP is doing in their movement to free innocent men and women, (poor and mostly of color), from unjust incarceration,” Carroll said after learning he would receive the award.

In 2013 Carroll expanded his support of The Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) by fully funding the annual salary of a full-time office manager. In 2014 he dedicated the proceeds of his memoir, “Growing Up … In Words and Images” (2014) to fund GIP and other selected nonprofit entities. “Growing Up” is a 270-page coffee table book that uses Carroll’s original paintings and his unique southern literary style to explore his journey growing up as the tenth of thirteen children to become a seven-foot-tall NBA player, wealth advisor, philanthropist, painter and writer. Copies of “Growing Up … In Words and Images” will be presented as gifts at the luncheon.

The 2014 Hank Aaron Champion for Justice awardees include: Joe Barry Carroll, retired NBA All Star; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, track and field Olympic legend and gold medalist; Edwin Moses, former track and field Olympic legend and gold medalist; and Reverend C.T. Vivian, civil rights legend and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. For more information visit

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