NEW YORK - The 2012-2013 season may bea forgettable one for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love due to hand injuries that have caused him to miss all but a handful of games.
That's not to say he's not making an impact in other ways.
On Wednesday the NBA announced that Love is the winner of the Kia Community Assist Award for December in recognition of his efforts in the community and ongoing philanthropic work.
Kia and the NBA are honoring Love in part for his charitable efforts, which included hosting his fifth annual "Kevin Love Coat Drive." Love collected more than 2,500 coats between Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, which he personally delivered to the Salvation Army. To increase awareness and participation, Love has dedicated a significant amount of time promoting the drive each year through appearances and by offering additional incentives to coat donors including autographs, photos, and two tickets to a Timberwolves game.
"It's truly an honor to receive the NBA's Kia Community Assist Award," Love said. "It's a privilege to be able to help people in need throughout the Twin Cities get a warm coat for the winter. I want to personally thank all of our great Timberwolves fans that donated a record number of coats for this year's drive. Without the fans' involvement and participation, none of this would be possible."
Love has also been recognized for his efforts in helping to find a cure for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. As a Hoops for St. Jude ambassador for the past four years, he continues to help raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which provides the best care to the world's sickest children at no cost to their family.
As a Kia Community Assist Award recipient, Kia and the NBA will donate $10,000 on Love's behalf to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.