Naismith Legend Of Philanthropy Award recipient: Lenny Wilkens

November 11, 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 Lenny Wilkens as its 2015 Naismith Legend of Philanthropy Award recipient.

Lenny Wilkens and his foundation, The Lenny Wilkens Foundation, supports healthcare and education for all children regardless of their financial means. The foundation is built on the legacy of over four decades of service that honors children’s dignity and self-respect. Wilkens’ family also works with him with the foundation and all are passionate about encouraging young people to explore and achieve their full potential, regardless of their circumstances. Wilkens exemplary work with his foundation makes him a great honoree for the Naismith Legend of Philanthropy award.

Wilkens basketball career has spanned over four decades where he played in the NBA for 15 years, making the NBA All Star team a total of nine times throughout. Following a successful playing career, Wilkens seamlessly transitioned into coaching where he led the Seattle Supersonics in 1979 to a NBA Championship. In 1994, he was named NBA Coach of the Year when he led the Atlanta Hawks to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference. He has been inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on three separate occasions for his achievements as an NBA player, NBA Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the 1992 United States Olympic Team. Wilkens is the second winningest coach in NBA history.