Luol Deng scoops presitigious NBA community award

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng has been awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for outstanding service to the community.

The Team GB star runs The Luol Deng foundation, a non-profit organisation that takes basketball around the world promoting the sport to young kids who don't have access to world-class facilities.

Primarily based in Africa - Deng was born South Sudan - The Luol Deng Foundation builds basketball courts in local towns and villages, equips aspiring young players with basketball gear and shoes and promotes peace through games between communities.

South Sudan has been a conflict center for several years, with the country gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 after a long struggle.

In just the last year, Deng's foundation has started work on two basketball courts that will open in South Sudan this summer, and there are plans in place to help to improve the local education structure through new school builds.

In the United Kingdom and the United States, Deng works with youngsters to promote the sport at a grassroots level among other goals.

The J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award was voted for by the PBWA, an organisation that includes newspapers, websites and magazines that report on the NBA.

Deng beat out competition from the likes of the Miami Heat's Ray Allen, Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and the Chicago Bulls' star Joakim Noah.

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