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The Atlanta Hawks Elect New Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena have named Nzinga Shaw as the organization’s new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO), it was announced today by CEO Steve Koonin.  In this role, Shaw is responsible for developing and embedding diversity and inclusion best practices throughout the organization. She will design a strategic, cross-departmental program that creates deeper cultural awareness and sensitivity. Additionally, Shaw will serve as a member of the Executive Committee and provide guidance to the leadership team so that they can engender inclusivity in every facet of the business. She will report directly to Koonin.  

“I am excited to be a member of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena organization at such a pivotal time. My goal as the CDIO is to help our organization continue to rebuild trust and partnership in the Atlanta community, emphasizing civility and sportsmanship in an effort to ensure that everyone can be a fan of the team, attend home games, and so that we can serve as a model for inclusion in the NBA,” Shaw said. “More specifically, I will lead the charge of creating a strategic framework to help shift the culture so that we can create greater inclusion and engagement with all of our fans and stakeholders.”
 
  

Shaw most recently served as SVP of Diversity & Inclusion at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations agency. There she led the implementation of a global diversity and inclusion strategy. For her work, Shaw was selected by PR Week in August 2014 as a recipient of the 2014 40 Under 40 Award, and she was featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle in October 2014 as one of 15 women to receive the inaugural “Women Who Mean Business Award” for her strength in creating viable workplace diversity and inclusion programs. Shaw is an alumna of Spelman College (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania (MLA). The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena organization understands that diversity and inclusion must be respected and valued at every level of the organization.   “As CEO, I am committed to infusing diversity and inclusion throughout our organization and I will continue to champion it from the very top. A key part of the new model – appointing a CDIO who reports directly to me – will improve accountability across the organization,” Koonin said. “Nzinga will help us establish diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage in terms of exceptional internal performance, outstanding customer service, and unparalleled fan engagement.”   Prior to her work at Edelman, Shawhad been at the forefront of leading organizational change and driving diversity and inclusion at other large-scale companies such as Essence Magazine, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network and the National Football League.

Kobe Bryant is the most unselfish scorer in NBA history

Kobe Bryant became the first player in NBA history with at least 6,000 assists and 30,000 points in the Los Agneles Lakers’ 129-122 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Bryant also notched his 20th career triple-double in the process, tallying 31 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. He fell three assists shy of his career high.

After setting an NBA record for missed field-goal attempts, dishing out the most assists of any player to score 30,000 points indicates the balance and control in which Bryant has played with throughout his career.

Ray Allen once chided the post-Shaq/Phil era Kobe saying his pride and ego would doom the Lakers:

“He’s going to be very selfish…he feels like he needs to show this league and the people in this country that he is better without Shaq. He can win championships without Shaq. So offensively, he’s going to jump out and say, ‘I can average 30 points. I can still carry the load on this team’.”

Allen was partially correct. Bryant would go on to twice average 30 points and win championships. His play was aggressive, but far from selfish.

Ask Luke Walton who earned a six-year $30-million contract playing alongside Bryant during that span, or Trevor Ariza, who went from bench player to a $33-million dollar deal with the Houston Rockets.
The benevolence didn’t miss Sasha Vujacic, who was left wide open during Kobe’s 2008 MVP season and got $15-million over three-years.

Some like to say Shaquille O’Neal carried Kobe Bryant. But history will show that Shaq, in all of his dominance, never broke the 30,000 point plateau. Kobe will also more than double O’Neals career total of 3,026 assists.

Michael Jordan dropped 5,633 dimes in his career. Without factoring in three-point shots, that assist total is worth 11,266 points. Add in the total amount of points scored over his career (32,292) and Jordan finishes with being responsible for 43,558 points scored.

Using the same formula (Points + Assists), Kobe Bryant is responsible for 44,159 points scored. He has already passed Michael Jordan in scoring.

Clippers hold 26th Annual “Teamwork At The Table” Event

As they have for over two decades, the Los Angeles Clippers provided local families in need with food, clothing and books at the team’s 26th annual Thanksgiving event, “Teamwork at the Table” today at the St. Joseph Center in Venice, CA.

Clippers players Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, Jordan Farmar, Reggie Bullock, Chris Douglas-Roberts and CJ Wilcox distributed Thanksgiving turkeys and food baskets. In addition to food items, the Clippers provided clothing and books to pre-selected families in need.

For the eighth year, local supermarket chains Ralphs and Food 4 Less teamed up with the Clippers to donate food and turkeys. The Clippers players were joined by members of the U.S. Air Force as part of the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops Program. The Clippers and the NBA have joined together with the Department of Defense on the new “Commitment to Service” initiative built upon four pillars: Leadership, Transition, Community and Health.

St. Joseph Center is a non-profit social service agency that helps over 6,500 individuals annually. The Center’s mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.

Ralphs  and  Food  4  Less  believe  in  being  good  corporate citizens by contributing  to  the  diverse  communities  they  serve. Ralphs and Food 4 Less focus on health, education, the fight against hunger, the advancement of women and minorities, and the development of youth.