Anthony Davis wanted a bigger and better year for his AD's Flight Academy and he got it.
On Monday, the NBA recognized a strong year for Davis' community outreach program, naming him a finalist for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award, which recognizes a player for his community contributions.
"It definitely has gotten better than last year, and of course next year I want it better than this past year," Davis said in an interview last week. "Each year, I'm just trying to make it bigger and bigger where it becomes this crazy big thing that's just amazing to be around and amazing to be a part of."
Davis, who won the monthly Community Assist Award in March, joins Carmelo Anthony, Mike Conley, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zach Lavine, Damian Lillard, Victor Oladipo and John Wall as finalists for the award.
The NBA and Kaiser Permanente will donate $25,000 to the winner's charity of choice.
A panel of NBA judges and a fan vote will determine the seasonlong winner. Fans can vote through May 18 via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #NBACommunityAssist and a hashtag with the player's first and last name, e.g. #AnthonyDavis.
This season, Davis and AD's Flight Academy served a Thanksgiving meal to residents of the New Orleans Mission; treated 150 local kids from Boys Hope Girls Hope, Raintree Child Services and Kingsley House to a $100 Toys R Us shopping spree along with teammate Ryan Anderson; hosted 150 kids from a local YMCA for a day of laser tag and video games; and held a basketball clinic and pizza party for 100 kids from Kingsley House.
Davis spent $50,000 to provide tickets for more than 6,400 underprivileged kids to attend Pelicans games, a $20,000 increase from the 2014-15 season.
Davis also again donated a "Bowling with the Brow" experience to the annual Toast for the Coast Gala's live auction. Over the past two seasons, that package has raised $30,000 for educational programming on coastal restoration.
In addition to his Flight Academy, Davis is in the early stages of establishing the Anthony Davis Foundation, which will donate money to causes Davis still is in the process of determining.
"I loved the idea when it was brought to me to have my own foundation I oversee," Davis said. "Chris Paul's got his, Russell Westbrook's got his. They do so many great things through their foundation, and I think I feel I can do the same through my foundation, especially in the city of New Orleans."