Daily Sports Smile: NBA honors Karl-Anthony Towns for his efforts helping homeless youth

Nov 20, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots before the game with the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has been recognized for his excellent work in the local community. The NBA honored Towns with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of November.

Towns received the award prior to the Timberwolves game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA and Kaiser Permanente also donated $10,000 on his behalf to the World Federation of Youth Clubs.

In November, Towns made an impact with his KAT’s Community Coat Drive. He partnered with the Timberwolves and local supermarket Hy-Vee for the special initiative. Fans brought new or gently used winter coats to different donation stations in the city.

The coats were delivered to a great cause. Towns helped distribute the coats to a local Minneapolis organization, YouthLink, that works with homeless youth in the area. He mentioned how excited he was to help support the community and those in need.

“Seeing fans bring in donations during KAT’s Community Coat Drive brought me back to my childhood – knowing just how impactful these donations can be in uplifting each and every person.” Towns said in part of a statement. “This platform has given me a chance that I am so grateful for, a chance to pave the way for our community to come together and support each other through different initiatives.”

Towns looks to continue working in the community. He is also involved with a local group called HopeKids. The organization provides events for families with children that are living with cancer or life-threatening medical conditions.

Towns holds an annual movie screening for the families. This season, he also designed his own personal bobblehead with proceeds going to HopeKids.

"Being involved with organizations like HopeKids and engaged with YouthLink, proves to me that people’s generosity is unmatched, and we are all better off when we stick together," Towns said. 

On the court, Towns continues to thrive. He just eclipsed 10,000 career points and is currently averaging 24.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists.