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Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng receives Community Assist Award

Updated: November 08, 2019 08:42 AM

Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng has received the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his continued efforts to provide sustainable programming and medical assistance to children and families in Senegal, the league announced Friday.

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Through the Gorgui Dieng Foundation and in partnership with Minnesota-based nonprofit MATTER, Dieng has helped create long-term, sustainable change in his native Senegal, the NBA said. Dieng has donated lifesaving medical equipment and supplies to improve health care, built demonstration farms to support sustainable agriculture and better equip farmers, created access to nutritious food, and taught children leadership, problem-solving and fitness through basketball. This summer, Dieng sent 300,000 bags of vital IV fluid to Senegal, and later visited a neonatal hospital in Diamniadio that benefitted from his organization's donations. He also hosted Regenerate Senegal, an agriculture conference for farmers and growers, at the Gorgui Dieng Center for Agricultural Excellence in Kébémer and served as a panelist at the NBA Africa Innovation Summit, discussing his journey as an entrepreneur and ways to inspire and educate local youth.

"Using my platform to give back to my home country and help those in need is special for me," Dieng said in a news release. "We have a lot of work in front of us, but I am proud of the lives we have positively impacted and humbled to know future generations will benefit from the resources we have provided. Thank you to MATTER and Timberwolves season ticket holders Roger and Nancy McCabe for their commitment and dedication to our endeavor to build a sustainable future for the children of Senegal."

Dieng will be presented with the award before Friday night's Timberwolves game against Golden State.

The NBA Cares Community Assist Award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion the league and its players share for giving back to the community. At the end of the 2019-20 regular season, the Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award winner will be announced at the 2020 NBA Awards.

On the court this season, Dieng has averaged 8 ppg and 4 rbg in four games, shooting 52.2%.

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