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Anthony Davis' community involvement honored by NBA

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(WVUE) - Anthony Davis' breakout season may be hampered by a re-aggravated shoulder injury, but the young Pelicans star is still hauling in NBA honors.

His most recent recognition is for his work in the community, receiving the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January.  

“Giving back to the community is very important to me, so I decided to do something each month to impact those in need. I've always enjoyed spending time with kids and starting AD's Flight Academy has given me the chance to reach kids from all around New Orleans,” Davis said.

Davis has become the face of the franchise since being drafted by the then New Orleans Hornets in 2012 with the No. 1 overall pick. This week, Davis hosted his February event including a night of laser tag, bowling, arcade games and giveaways for 150 students from the Jefferson Parish Parks and Recreation at Laser Tag and Games. He's also treated local children to tickets to Pelicans games, toy shopping sprees during the holidays and dinner on Thanksgiving.

During the Feb. 27 home game against the Miami Heat, Davis be presented with the David Robsinon Plaque as part of an on-court ceremony for the award. In addition, Kaiser Permanente, the NBA partner for the award, will donate $10,000 to the Audubon Nature Institute on Davis' behalf.

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