Last week, during the 2017 NBA Development League Meetings held in Indianapolis, Ind., the Bighorns received the Community Appearance Award for their outstanding efforts in the northern Nevada community for the third season in a row. The Bighorns came out on top out of 22 NBA Development League Teams. The award recognizes the top NBA D-League team who reflects the passion and dedication the league and its players have for giving back to their community.
During the 2016-17 season:
- Bighorns players, coaches, mascot, front office personnel and Lady Bighorns made more than 200 appearances in the community (school assemblies, hospital visits, nonprofit events and fundraising benefits).
- The Bighorns supported more than 400 different area organizations with in-kind contributions. These in-kind donations (tickets, autographed memorabilia, appearances, etc.) were used to raise thousands of dollars for charitable causes in the Reno/Sparks area.
- The Bighorns helped raise more than 70,000 for local non-profits through cash, in-kind contributions, ticket fundraisers and theme jersey nights.
- The Bighorns collected more than 3,500 non-perishable food donations during the NBA D-League Season of Giving.
The Reno Bighorns have a strong history of giving back to the community by contributing time, materials, resources and donations to organizations that share the team’s commitment to youth education, youth health and wellness and violence prevention. The Bighorns Front Office, the team, along with the entire basketball family work to address community concerns and find ways for the Bighorns to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
“The Bighorns have made a commitment to improving the welfare in our community,” said Vice President of Business Operations, Dustin Toms. “Receiving this award displays our dedication to bettering the quality of life for those in the Truckee Meadows.”