Spurs' Tim Duncan Named Winner of 2001 'Home Team Community Service Award'

All-Star Honored by NBA and Fannie Mae Foundation for Community Work



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Fannie Mae Foundation

    SAN ANTONIO, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Basketball Association
 and the Fannie Mae Foundation have named three-time NBA All-Star Tim Duncan
 the winner of their 2001 Home Team Community Service Award for his work in the
 community.  The Home Team is the NBA/Fannie Mae Foundation partnership to help
 rehabilitate neighborhoods in inner cities across the country and provide
 home-buying information to help more Americans achieve the dream of
 homeownership.
     Duncan, a member of the San Antonio Spurs, was chosen unanimously among
 nine NBA finalists.  He will receive a $50,000 grant -- $25,000 from the
 Foundation and $25,000 from the NBA -- to donate to a housing-focused
 nonprofit of his choice.  Fannie Mae Foundation and NBA league officials
 selected Duncan based on his volunteer activity, community service, and
 community impact.  Previous winners of the Award include Jerome Williams of
 the Detroit Pistons and Avery Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs.
     "I am deeply honored to receive the Home Team Community Service Award from
 the NBA and Fannie Mae Foundation," said Duncan, in his fourth year in the
 NBA.  "As an NBA player and a role model, I feel a responsibility to support
 the community that supports my team.  I share this award with the San Antonio
 community."
     After losing his mother to cancer when he was only 14, Duncan has been
 extremely involved in efforts to find a cure for cancer.  For example, he has
 hosted Tim Duncan's Bowling for Dollars Charity Bowl-A-Thon, which raised more
 than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.  In addition, he has
 participated in a local retail promotion that raised $50,000 for the Cancer
 Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), a not-for-profit organization that
 operates multidisciplinary outpatient cancer treatment and drug development
 facilities in San Antonio.  He also is very active with the Make-a-Wish
 Foundation and conducts numerous charity efforts for children's organizations.
     "The Fannie Mae Foundation created the 'Home Team Community Service Award'
 in an effort to highlight the outstanding work and commitment of NBA players
 like Tim Duncan," said Stacey H. Davis, President and CEO of the Fannie Mae
 Foundation.  "I understand there's an adage in basketball that great players
 make others better.  Tim's work in the community has made life better for a
 lot of people."
     "While Tim Duncan and the other finalists have proven their dedication on
 the court, they have also proven off the court how dedicated they are to
 making a difference in communities across the country," said Kathy Behrens,
 NBA Vice President of Community Relations.  "The Fannie Mae Foundation and the
 NBA joined together to improve our communities, and this award showcases the
 hard work Tim Duncan has done in contributing to that cause."
     Since the Home Team program began in 1993, the Foundation and its NBA
 partner teams have assisted in the construction and rehabilitation of 731
 homes in the Home Team cities across the country.  By the end of the 2000-01
 NBA season, more than $9.3 million will have been contributed to the Home
 Team's revitalization efforts.
     The Fannie Mae Foundation creates affordable homeownership and housing
 opportunities through innovative partnerships and initiatives that build
 healthy, vibrant communities across the United States.  The Foundation is
 specially committed to improving the quality of life for the people of its
 hometown, Washington, D.C., and to enhancing the livability of the city's
 neighborhoods.  The Foundation, a private nonprofit organization supported
 solely by Fannie Mae, has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas,
 Pasadena, and Philadelphia.  For more information on the Fannie Mae
 Foundation, please call Antonio Tijerino at 202-274-8064 or visit
 http://www.fanniemaefoundation.org .
 
     Since its founding in 1946, the NBA has become a global phenomenon that
 transcends national boundaries.  With 29 teams in the United States and
 Canada, NBA games and related programming are broadcast to 210 countries in 42
 languages. The NBA is one of the largest suppliers of sports television and
 Internet programming in the world. Through NBA Entertainment, the league's
 award-winning production and programming division, the league produces NBA.com
 TV, a 24-hour television network, weekly television shows, and exclusive
 content for each of the NBA's team Web sites, and the league's official site,
 NBA.com. The league has partnered with the leading Internet content and
 technology providers, including America Online, Convera, IBM, Real Networks,
 USA Networks, and Yahoo! to bring the game experience even closer to its fans
 worldwide.  For more information on the NBA, visit http://www.nba.com .
 
 

SOURCE Fannie Mae Foundation
    SAN ANTONIO, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Basketball Association
 and the Fannie Mae Foundation have named three-time NBA All-Star Tim Duncan
 the winner of their 2001 Home Team Community Service Award for his work in the
 community.  The Home Team is the NBA/Fannie Mae Foundation partnership to help
 rehabilitate neighborhoods in inner cities across the country and provide
 home-buying information to help more Americans achieve the dream of
 homeownership.
     Duncan, a member of the San Antonio Spurs, was chosen unanimously among
 nine NBA finalists.  He will receive a $50,000 grant -- $25,000 from the
 Foundation and $25,000 from the NBA -- to donate to a housing-focused
 nonprofit of his choice.  Fannie Mae Foundation and NBA league officials
 selected Duncan based on his volunteer activity, community service, and
 community impact.  Previous winners of the Award include Jerome Williams of
 the Detroit Pistons and Avery Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs.
     "I am deeply honored to receive the Home Team Community Service Award from
 the NBA and Fannie Mae Foundation," said Duncan, in his fourth year in the
 NBA.  "As an NBA player and a role model, I feel a responsibility to support
 the community that supports my team.  I share this award with the San Antonio
 community."
     After losing his mother to cancer when he was only 14, Duncan has been
 extremely involved in efforts to find a cure for cancer.  For example, he has
 hosted Tim Duncan's Bowling for Dollars Charity Bowl-A-Thon, which raised more
 than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.  In addition, he has
 participated in a local retail promotion that raised $50,000 for the Cancer
 Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), a not-for-profit organization that
 operates multidisciplinary outpatient cancer treatment and drug development
 facilities in San Antonio.  He also is very active with the Make-a-Wish
 Foundation and conducts numerous charity efforts for children's organizations.
     "The Fannie Mae Foundation created the 'Home Team Community Service Award'
 in an effort to highlight the outstanding work and commitment of NBA players
 like Tim Duncan," said Stacey H. Davis, President and CEO of the Fannie Mae
 Foundation.  "I understand there's an adage in basketball that great players
 make others better.  Tim's work in the community has made life better for a
 lot of people."
     "While Tim Duncan and the other finalists have proven their dedication on
 the court, they have also proven off the court how dedicated they are to
 making a difference in communities across the country," said Kathy Behrens,
 NBA Vice President of Community Relations.  "The Fannie Mae Foundation and the
 NBA joined together to improve our communities, and this award showcases the
 hard work Tim Duncan has done in contributing to that cause."
     Since the Home Team program began in 1993, the Foundation and its NBA
 partner teams have assisted in the construction and rehabilitation of 731
 homes in the Home Team cities across the country.  By the end of the 2000-01
 NBA season, more than $9.3 million will have been contributed to the Home
 Team's revitalization efforts.
     The Fannie Mae Foundation creates affordable homeownership and housing
 opportunities through innovative partnerships and initiatives that build
 healthy, vibrant communities across the United States.  The Foundation is
 specially committed to improving the quality of life for the people of its
 hometown, Washington, D.C., and to enhancing the livability of the city's
 neighborhoods.  The Foundation, a private nonprofit organization supported
 solely by Fannie Mae, has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas,
 Pasadena, and Philadelphia.  For more information on the Fannie Mae
 Foundation, please call Antonio Tijerino at 202-274-8064 or visit
 http://www.fanniemaefoundation.org .
 
     Since its founding in 1946, the NBA has become a global phenomenon that
 transcends national boundaries.  With 29 teams in the United States and
 Canada, NBA games and related programming are broadcast to 210 countries in 42
 languages. The NBA is one of the largest suppliers of sports television and
 Internet programming in the world. Through NBA Entertainment, the league's
 award-winning production and programming division, the league produces NBA.com
 TV, a 24-hour television network, weekly television shows, and exclusive
 content for each of the NBA's team Web sites, and the league's official site,
 NBA.com. The league has partnered with the leading Internet content and
 technology providers, including America Online, Convera, IBM, Real Networks,
 USA Networks, and Yahoo! to bring the game experience even closer to its fans
 worldwide.  For more information on the NBA, visit http://www.nba.com .
 
 SOURCE  Fannie Mae Foundation