By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sixers star Joel Embiid is being recognized by the National Basketball Association for making a special assist off the court. The NBA announced the Sixers’ center has received the March NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his work to combat youth homelessness.

In February, Embiid donated $100,000 to three local organizations — Youth Services, Inc., Project Home, and the Sunday Breakfast Mission.

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“It’s a huge honor to receive the NBA Cares Community Assist Award,” Embiid said. “Giving back and using the platform I have to create positive change in the city I love has always been important to me. Covenant House Pennsylvania is doing amazing work, and they are an incredibly deserving recipient of this $10,000 donation. I will continue to give back to those in my community who are less fortunate and I look forward to delivering a championship to Philadelphia and the best fans in the world.”

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We’re told his donations have provided 15,000 meals, clothing and medical treatments for young people facing housing insecurity in Philadelphia.

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In honor of Embiid’s contributions, the NBA will donate $10,000 to Covenant House Pennsylvania.