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Friend of Project Medishare and Haiti, Alonzo Mourning receives NBA’s Legend of the Year Award

  |   Celebrities, Earthquake Response, Media / Press

NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning speaks to team mates, colleagues, and fans at the NBA Legends Brunch in Dallas this morning after receiving the Legend of the Year Award. The brunch was part of the NBA All-Stars festivities. During his acceptance speech, Mourning said that everyone should work toward giving back in some way. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

DALLAS, Texas–A modest  Alonzo Mourning received the Legend of the Year  Award for his service to others this morning at the NBA  Legends Brunch. Mourning was awarded for his work in his community as well as his work with Project Medishare in Haiti.

Mourning said he felt odd receiving an award for something he feels everyone should do every day.

NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning receives the Legend of the Year Award from NBA Commissioner David Stern. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

“We all got where we are today because of someone else,” Mourning said.”Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth, Mohamed Ali-who I greatly respect-once said. And I truly believe that.”

The former Miami Heat star also quoted Ghandi saying that it was important that we follow Ghandi’s words to be the change we see in the world.

“If we all did,” Mourning said, “the world would truly be a much better place than it is today.”

Mourning arrived in Haiti two days after the January 12 earthquake to assist  Project Medishare and UM Global Institute volunteers who had been working in a makeshift trauma unit. Project Medishare and the UM Global Institute had the first trauma team on the ground Wednesday morning after the quake.

Mourning has been to Haiti three times now to work with Project Medishare and the UM Global Institute. He along with Dwyane Wade created the Althletes Relief Fund for Haiti where the proceeds will go toward Project Medishare’s continuing relief efforts on the ground in Haiti. Currently, the Athlete’s Relief Fund for Haiti has raised $1 million .

If you would like to donate to the Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti, click here. If you would like to directly donate to Project Medishare’s earthquake relief efforts, click here to donate today.