Atlanta Hawks Honor Sekou Smith’s Reminiscence With Three Tributes

The Atlanta Hawks will honor the reminiscence of outmoded group beat creator and NBATV analyst Sekou Smith on a further everlasting basis, the group launched not too prolonged beforehand.

Smith’s recognition of “devoted journalism, constructing relationships and mentoring younger journalists,” motivated the Hawks to honor his legacy in 3 applications.

In keeping with, beginning up with the 2021-22 NBA season, the press room on the Hawks’ Say Farm Area could be renamed the Sekou Smith Press Room. The dwelling will furthermore be redesigned to honor Smith’s reminiscence.

The Sekou Smith Award could be given out on the tip of each season, which can per likelihood honor the Hawks participant who “most unbelievable represents themselves and the franchise with professionalism and integrity of their interactions with the media.” The identify of each winner could be added to a plaque, which additionally could per likelihood nicely even be displayed within the quickly-to-be renamed press room, and the award could be introduced on the court docket with contributors of Smith’s household convey. The precept Sekou Smith Award could be given out on the tip of the 2020-21 season.

Last week, John Collins modified into as soon as launched as a result of the winner of the Inaugural Sekou Smith Award.

Tonight, John Collins modified into as soon as awarded the inaugural Sekou Smith Award. This award honors JC’s professionalism and integrity for the duration of interactions with media.

Congrats, @jcollins20_ ?

— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) Would possibly per likelihood nicely nicely additionally 28, 2021

The Hawks are furthermore establishing an annual summer season league internship in Smith’s identify. A journalism or multimedia pupil from a Southwestern Athletic Conference faculty could be chosen to become the Hawks’ beat creator for the NBA Summer time season League, and their work will seem on the group’s internet website. The Hawks will conceal all linked dawdle costs and supply a stipend to the chosen pupil. Smith’s alma mater, Jackson Say School, is half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, as are completely different different traditionally Dusky faculties and universities.

Sekou modified into as soon as the Hawks beat creator for the Atlanta Journal-Construction from 2005-09 earlier to turning into a member of NBATV as a multimedia reporter and analyst. He furthermore coated the Indiana Pacers as a beat creator for the Indianapolis Star.

Sekou Smith handed away on January 26 on the age of 48 attributable to issues from COVID-19.


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