On Monday February 27th the Atlanta Sports Council held it’s 7th Annual Atlanta Sports Awards at the Fox Theatre. Al Horford won the “Sports Person of the Year” award for all of his hard work on the court as well as all the work he has done in the community this last year and through out his NBA career. While recent injury has prevented Al from contributing to the Hawks physically, he’s often seen cheering them on from the bench and contributing to his local and global community. Al Horford was also a finalist for the “Professional Athlete of the Year” award but was edged out by Atlanta Braves closer,Craig Kimbrel. The Atlanta Hawks Family was well represented at this year’s award with Dominique Wilkins receiving an award as well. Zaza Pachulia and Marvin Williams were also present at the Awards ceremony with Zaza presenting the Atlanta Dream with the ”Team Of The Year” award.
Per Atlanta Journal Constitution ”The award is given annually to a person who has made a positive impact in sports and their community. Horford has twice received the NBA Community Assist Award, as well as the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy from his team, for his work helping others. Those activities include feeding the homeless at City of Refuge, the NBA Cares Day of Service in 2011, his work with the University of Florida Alumni’s philanthropic efforts, assisting earthquake relief efforts in Japan, hosting summer basketball camps and visiting children and their families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. He has judged essay contests to assist the NBA’s Read to Achieve program and worked with anti-bullying campaigns.”
Dominique Wilkins was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, joining the likes of Hank Aaron, Ted Turner, Bobby Cox and other Atlanta legends. Per Atlanta Business Chronicle “Currently, Wilkins is the Hawks vice president of basketball, a Hawks television analyst for Fox Sports South and is involved with local and national charities such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association and American Lung Association.” Dominique is truly the epitome of a Hawks Legend, Atlanta Legend and an all around deserving recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.