J. Citizenship Award Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award J. The Walter Kennedy (J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award) is awarded annually by the NBA since the 1974-75 season, the player or coach who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. It is named after James Walter Kennedy, the second commissioner of the NBA (then president) a from 1963 to 1975. The winner is selected by the Association of Professional Basketball Writers, which represents writers of newspapers, magazines or internet . Members of the organization to nominate players for the award, to exercise their votes then 150 members. The player with the most votes is the winner. The award is usually asks for the person doing the most charitable contribution for the community. For example, Kevin Garnett received the award in 2006 for donating 1.2 million to relief efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Since its inception, the award was given to 34 different players.Detroit Pistons is the winningest franchise, with a total of five. In a season there were two winners, Michael Cooper and Rory Sparrow in the 1985-86 season. Vlade Divac of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Dikembe Mutombo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Canadian Steve Nash (born in South Africa) and Samuel Dalembert (born in Haiti) are the only winners were born outside the United States. Mutombo is also the only player to win the award twice. Frank Layden and Joe O’Toole were the only people to win the award without players. Layden, who won the award in 1983-84, was the Utah Jazz coach, while O’Toole, winner in 1994-95, was assistant coach the Atlanta Hawks.