Marques Haynes Humanitarian Award: Mannie Jackson

November 18, 2015

On November 20-22, The Legends Fantasy Weekend will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, pairing the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

During the weekend, the NBRPA will host its annual Legends Philanthropy Awards Gala on Saturday, November 21, featuring a star-studded line-up of remarkable players who made the game faster and more exciting.

At the gala, the NBRPA will honor some of the country’s greatest athletes and other civic leaders for their contributions both on and off the playing court. The NBRPA is proud to announce Mannie Jackson as its 2015 Marques Haynes Humanitarian Award recipient.

Named after Globetrotters legend Marques Haynes, the Humanitarian Award honors those who have shown exceptional charitable and philanthropic actions in their lives just as Haynes exemplified in his life. Jackson’s philanthropy work and humanitarianism make him a shining example of someone who embodies what the Marque Haynes Humanitarian Award is all about and the NBRPA is proud to recognize him with this honor.

Mannie Jackson is the former chairman and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, where he made history as the first African-American to control ownership in an entertainment and international sports organization. He also played for the Globetrotters from 1962 to 1964.

Jackson is one of the nation’s 30 most powerful and influential corporate executives, one of the nation’s top 50 corporate strategists and one of the top 20 African-American high-net-worth entrepreneurs. In 2007, he was named Chairman for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame where he served in the position for two years. During Jackson’s tenure as owner of the Globetrotters, the organization’s charitable contributions totaled in the millions, including $2 million raised for the Nelson Mandela African Children’s Foundation.

Jackson’s legacy of philanthropy has also been extended to his alma mater, University of Illinois, where he donated $2 million to start the Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program (I-LEAP). This program provides academic and social support through bi-weekly one-on-one academic coaching sessions, mentoring, academic skills development, leadership training and referrals to resources.