Raptors adviser and trailblazer Wayne Embry honoured for commitment to social justice
Will receive Hall of Fame's Mannie Jackson-Basketball's Human Spirit Award
Toronto Raptors senior basketball adviser Wayne Embry is one of three winners of an award recognizing a commitment to social justice.
Embry and fellow former NBA players George Raveling and Bill Russell will receive the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2020 Mannie Jackson-Basketball's Human Spirit Award.
Embry has been affiliated with the NBA for over 50 years as a player and executive, joining the Raptors in 2004.
Embry was the first Black man to become an NBA general manager when he was named to the post by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972.
The award will be handed out in May as part of Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.
"Mr. Embry sets the example by which we measure ourselves, every day," Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement. "Having him as a member of our team is an unbelievable gift.
"He reminds us of the privileges we have, because we are all benefiting from the work he and his colleagues did for us."