Bucks' Jrue Holiday receives January NBA Cares Community Assist Award

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday has been named one of two winners of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January.

Holiday and Dallas guard Josh Richardson are honored for supporting people affected by COVID-19.

Holiday joined the Bucks last November.

He and his wife Lauren announced in January that they would provide funding for seven local businesses -- Amri Counseling Services, Carter’s Quality Care, Hands at Home, Jamaican Season Island Restaurant, Kid’s Kingdom, Legacy Home Health Services and The SW Retreat. 

Holiday has also made long-term commitments to assist communities important to him, including pledging the remainder of his 2020 NBA salary to create The Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Fund, which seeks to combat systemic racism and increase economic inequality by providing funding and support to Black-led organizations and businesses.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial injustices in 2020, many of us have been looking for answers,” said Holiday.  “Lauren and I found ourselves searching for ways to help our community at a time when they needed it most.  Pledging the remainder of our 2020 NBA salary to small Black-owned businesses, non-profits and initiatives is how we felt we could make a lasting impact.”

Holiday will once again miss Tuesday night's Bucks game against the Timberwolves at Fiserv Forum. 

He's working his way back into shape after being sidelined under the league's health and safety protocols.

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