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Carmelo Anthony Wins Inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

Although his 2020-21 season came to an abrupt end following Portland’s first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony still collected hardware for his work off the court. Tuesday night, the NBA announced that Anthony was the winner of the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award. TheContinue reading “Carmelo Anthony Wins Inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award”

NBA Announces Finalists for First-Ever Social Justice Champion Award

Although the attention of the basketball world has been on the NBA playoffs, the league has continued to remain committed to the fight for social justice off the hardwood. Friday, the NBA announced the five finalists for the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award. Portland’s Carmelo Anthony, Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes, Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris, Milwaukee’sContinue reading “NBA Announces Finalists for First-Ever Social Justice Champion Award”

NBA creates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

After decades of social activism during his playing days and in his post-career endeavors, it’s fitting that NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the namesake of the league’s newly-created award that will honor a player that emerges in the fight for social justice off the court. Thursday, the NBA announced the creation of the Kareem Abdul-JabbarContinue reading “NBA creates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award”

NBA legend Chris Webber takes social activism to classroom

His passionate speech to America after the police shooting of Jacob Blake went viral following the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on August 26, 2020. Now, NBA legend Chris Webber has taken his message to the virtual classroom. Webber has teamed up with Morehouse College to lead “ActivismContinue reading “NBA legend Chris Webber takes social activism to classroom”

WNBA’s Renee Montgomery retires after joining social activism movement

After opting out of the 2020 WNBA season to focus on social activism and justice reform, two-time champion Renee Montgomery announced her retirement Tuesday to continue the fight for equality. Montgomery played a total of 11 seasons in the WNBA, garnering All-Star honors in 2011 and taking home the Sixth Woman of the Year awardContinue reading “WNBA’s Renee Montgomery retires after joining social activism movement”

Nets’ Kyrie Irving keeps focus on social impact while returning from lengthy hiatus

Admittedly trying to balance his impact on the court and his impact in the world of social activism, Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving made his return to the team Tuesday after a lengthy hiatus due to personal reasons and the NBA’s health and safety protocol. Irving hasn’t played since scoring 29 points in 30Continue reading “Nets’ Kyrie Irving keeps focus on social impact while returning from lengthy hiatus”

Welcome to Social Ballers!

With the rise of social activism across the NBA and support for the Black Lives Matter movement, SocialBallers.com was created to shine a spotlight on the work of NBA athletes off the court and in the community. Veteran NBA reporter Earl K. Sneed, who majored in journalism and mass communications at the University of OklahomaContinue reading “Welcome to Social Ballers!”


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