Hawks’ Steve Smith Honored
NEW YORK (AP) _ Atlanta Hawks star Steve Smith, who donated $2.5 million to Michigan State University, was honored Tuesday as winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for the 1997-98 NBA season.
Smith made the donation in January 1997 to help fund a new academic center for student-athletes. The gift also will fund the Steve Smith Scholarship for Detroit Pershing High, an endowment that will help deserving students from the school who want to attend Michigan State.
The award is presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player, coach or trainer in recognition of outstanding community service and charitable work.