Rubio is an ambassador to 5 for the Fight Foundation, an organization that raises funds to accelerate cancer research. He represented the group during “Game Night with the Utah Jazz,” the team’s annual fundraiser, which generated $550,000 for charitable causes. Rubio has personally donated to the foundation, and has asked fans to help raise an additional $150,000 by donating money for every assist he makes during the 2017-18 season. Additionally. Rubio was honored by A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation in Minnesota last month, where he created the Tona Vives Lung Cancer Awareness Fund in honor of his late mother. To date the fund has raised $60,000 for the foundation’s Lung Cancer Fellowship research program.
“My mother was a fighter, and it’s in her memory that I fight every day to raise awareness for lung cancer research, and give hope to those battling this terrible disease,” said Rubio. “I’m honored to partner with organizations who are doing this work and remain committed to fighting alongside them to find a cure.”
Before the Jazz’s home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 30, NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier will present the award to Rubio during an oncourt ceremony. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 on Rubio’s behalf to 5 for the Fight Foundation.
The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities. It honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. To learn more, please visit http://www.nba.com/communityassist/.