NBA star Steve Nash is coming to Winnipeg next fall.
The Phoenix Suns point guard, a two-time NBA MVP, will accept the 2011 International Award, presented by the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, at a gala dinner, Sept. 12.
The award recognizes outstanding work in health care and humanitarian causes.
In a statement, Nash said he is humbled by the award, whose past recipients include Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1982), Sir Edmund Hillary (1994) and Sir Bob Geldof (2008).
“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,” Nash said.
Through his foundation, established in 2001, the Victoria native works to improve the lives of children living in poverty or suffering abuse or neglect.
The International Award Dinner, around since 1976, raises money for medical research and patient care at St. Boniface Hospital.