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St-Boniface Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg, Canada announced today that it will present its prestigious 2011 International Award to Suns point guard Steve Nash at a gala dinner on Monday, September 12, 2011.

Since its inception in 1976, the International Award Dinner has raised important funds to support medical research and advancements in patient care at St-Boniface Hospital. The award not only honors outstanding work in health care and/or humanity, but also furthers that work through supporting important initiatives in Manitoba, and research that benefits the local and global communities.

Past International Award recipients include Rosalynn Carter (1979), Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1982), Sir Edmund Hillary (1994), and most recently, Sir Bob Geldof (2008).

“I’m so humbled to be considered by the St-Boniface Hospital Foundation for this award,” Nash said. “I’m not sure I belong in the company I now keep on this list, but hope to one day measure up to the legacy of philanthropy and service it represents. I’m looking forward to sharing in this with the International Award committee and the St-Boniface Hospital community, visiting the Hospital, meeting some of the Province of Manitoba’s youth, and getting to Winnipeg for a great event in September.”

Nash will travel to Winnipeg in September to accept the Award. During his time in Winnipeg, he will tour St-Boniface Hospital and speak at the International Award Dinner.

The two-time MVP was raised on Vancouver Island and has taken his role as a community leader very seriously. In 2001, he established the Steve Nash Foundation to assist underserved children in their health, personal development and education.

The Steve Nash Foundation works to improve circumstances and create opportunities for children living in poverty, or with illness, abuse or neglect. In addition, his foundation also works to provide thoughtful solutions to critical community needs, such as health care and educational activities.

  • Bob Horton

    Steve Nash is one of those individuals who just makes you proud to be a human being as he has incredible talent and works harder than anyone in the NBA but still gives his time and resouces to charity and has never forgotten his roots.
    I would love to be at that dinner. Please advise how I might be able to get a ticket as Steve Nash is my mentor and got me interested in basketball again. I saw the 1st time he ever suited up as a pro for Phoenix in Vancouver against the old Grizzlies.

  • http://papagalos.com Roxie

    It is so refreshing to have an athlete like Nash. He has got it all going for him, yet continues to give back and just seems like a great guy.