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ATLANTA'S JASON TERRY HONORED WITH

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									                         CHRIS WEBBER RECEIVES
                 NBA COMMUNITY ASSIST AWARD FOR DECEMBER
                         -- Sixers Forward to Receive the David Robinson Plaque
                          For His Outstanding Commitment to the Community --

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2006 – In recognition of Chris Webber’s community outreach efforts and his on-going
philanthropic work, the NBA announced today it will honor the Philadelphia 76ers forward with the Community
Assist Award for December. This holiday season, Webber touched the lives of thousands of young people and
their families at events that took place in Philadelphia, Detroit, Sacramento and Atlanta. This is the second time
Webber has been honored individually for his charity work by the NBA.

Pennsylvania National Guard families were treated to a shopping spree on Thursday, Dec. 15 in the Philadelphia
area with “Santa Webber.” Webber, Santa Claus and the National Guard Family Assistance Center helped 22
children buy toys and clothes. Each child was given 15 minutes to pick three toys and then given another 15
minutes to select two complete clothing outfits. Lastly, the families were allowed to pick a gift for their loved
ones stationed in Iraq. One soldier received a super-sized remote control car to drive around the desert. The
items were shipped courtesy of Webber to the Ar Ramadi B-Troop 1/104 Cavalry. The families were also
invited to attend a Philadelphia 76ers home game as Webber’s guest in “C Webb’s Crew,” his charity ticket
section.

In Detroit, the Webber Family and the Chris Webber Foundation donated thousands of items including toys,
toiletries and clothing through “C Webb’s Closet.” Organizations including the Police Athletic League and
Open Door Rescue Mission received boxes of items that were distributed to families in the Detroit region.

Fans in Sacramento were treated to a holiday home tour of Webber’s house in Granite Bay with all proceeds
benefiting local charity programs. Volunteers decorated the house for the holiday season with artwork from
students at Bryte Elementary School in West Sacramento and a 10-foot tree featuring photos of Webber from
various community events. In addition, Webber partnered with the TLC Soup Kitchen in Sacramento to donate
clothes, food and toys to 25 families from the Del Paso Heights community. This was the fifth year that Webber
and the TLC Soup Kitchen have worked together to help those in need.

On Christmas Eve, Webber along with music superstars Ludacris, David Banner and retired NBA player Tyrone
Hill, celebrated Christmas with over 200 children and their families in Atlanta. The “LudaChrisMiss” event was
held at a DeKaulb County Recreation Center and included carnival games, face painters, food, crafts, live
performances, clowns and prizes. Every child left with a goody bag full of toys, books, CDs, posters and a
Webber bobblehead.

“I believe it is everyone’s responsibility to help those in need,” said Webber. “When I was growing up in
Detroit, there were years when we did not have much at Christmas. But we always got something. I wish we
could touch the lives of all those in need this holiday season, but at least we’ll be able to share the joy, fun and
faith of the holidays with some of these kids and their families.”

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Webber’s community outreach extends on a year-round basis. During the past seven seasons, Webber has
invited over 4,500 students and their families to attend a regular season game through C-Webb’s Crew. The
Chris Webber Foundation in his first year in the NBA, and has provided scholarships, incentives, tickets, grants,
clothes, toys and books to those in need primarily in his hometown of Detroit.

During the weekend of Sept. 17-18, 2005, Webber held a book and school supply drive in Detroit and at his high
school, Detroit County Day, to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. With the help of over 230 volunteers,
the drive collected 88 pallets of items that included uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, household items,
clothes, gas cards, bikes, toys, linens and baby items. An additional $1,000 was collected in cash donations.
Additionally, the 76ers and Webber collaborated at four Sixers preseason games to collect 469 books and 322
other school supplies for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Webber will receive the David Robinson Plaque with
the inscription, “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community
piece by piece.” In addition to the plaque, a $5,000 gift will be given to Webber’s charity of choice.

As a team, the NBA has recognized 76ers players with seven awards. The six players who have won the NBA’s
Community Assist Award seven times are: Webber (Dec. 2005); Marc Jackson (Nov. 2003), Aaron McKie
(Nov. 2003), Allen Iverson (July and August 2004), Eric Snow (Dec. 2001) and Todd MacCulloch (Oct. 2002).
Additionally, Webber is one of nine NBA players to have won the award twice or more. His first honor came in
February 2003 as a member of the Sacramento Kings.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts.
The award honors the NBA player who reflects the passion the league and its players have for their
communities. Other nominees for December included Kwame Brown-Los Angeles Lakers, Ricky Davis-Boston
Celtics, Jamal Crawford-New York Knicks, Steve Francis-Orlando Magic, Rashard Lewis-Seattle SuperSonics,
Jermaine O’Neal-Indiana Pacers, and Eric Snow-Cleveland Cavaliers.

NBA Cares is the league's global community outreach initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of
addressing important social issues. Over the next five years, the league, players and teams will raise and
contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to
communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids can learn and play. NBA Cares will
work with internationally-recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family
development, and health-related causes including: UNICEF; Reading Is Fundamental; Boys and Girls Clubs of
America; Charities Aid Foundation; American/International Red Cross; Feed the Children, and many others.

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