Bulak has partnered with LGBTQ organizations throughout the Dallas area to create an inclusive environment, the league said.
DALAS – Dallas Mavericks has something to be proud of, just to reach the finals of the Western Conference.
In just his first year at the Mavs, forward Reggie Bulak has already made an immediate impact in the Dallas area, particularly in the LGBTQ community.
The NBA announced Monday that Balak’s community efforts have made him a finalist for the 2022 Social Justice Champion Karim Abdul-Jabar Award.
Other finalists include Jrou Holliday of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jarren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies, Carl Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Fred VanWlyt of the Toronto Raptors.
According to the league, the award honors players who have succeeded in fighting for social justice and advocating for equality.
In Balak’s list of accomplishments this season, the NBA said the 31-year-old’s drive for LGBTQ justice was linked to the 2014 murder of his sister Mia Henderson, who was transgender.
Since joining the Mavs, Bulak has helped organizations such as Abounding Prosperity, Dallas Southern Pride, House of Rebirth, The Black-Te Dinner, Resource Center and the Muhlaysia Booker Foundation, which was founded in honor of the transgender woman who was killed in Dallas.
The NBA also said Bulak had created an organization called RemarkaBULL that provides housing and support to members of the LGBTQ community in need.
The winner of the NBA Social Justice Award will be announced during the Western Conference Finals. The award is a donation of $ 100,000 from the NBA to the organization to select the winner. The remaining four finalists will receive donations of $ 25,000 for their organizations.
Bulak was an integral part of the Mouse playoffs in 2022, especially in some of their victories. He recently scored 19 points in Game 6 of the semifinals against the Phoenix Suns when he helped the Mavs achieve Game 7, which ultimately led to Sunday’s win.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmela Anthony has won the first Social Justice Award in the 2020-2021 season.