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Detroit Pistons forward honored by NBA for mentoring at-risk youth

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 13:54:49-05

A Detroit Pistons forward is being recognized by the NBA for mentoring at-risk youth in the Detroit community. 

Tobias Harris has been honored with the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award, presented by Kaiser Permanente.

The award is meant to showcase the work of one NBA player every month who "best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their community."

Harris was highlighted for creating the Tobias Harris School of Business Mentoring Program that helps match students with mentors in the sports world. 

“It’s important to give back to the community and make an impact with youth most in need of guidance,” said Harris in a statement. “In a world where more leaders are needed, mentorship is the first step to try to effect real change.”

Harris will be presented with the award before Saturday's home game against the Boston Celtics. Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will also donate $10,000 to Feeding Children Everywhere on his behalf.