Western Kentucky forward Moustapha Diagne was honored Wednesday as a nominee for the 2019 Give Back Team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches said.
Diagne was among 63 nominees for the award chosen for their outstanding community service efforts. Ten of those nominees are named official members of the Give Back Team.
Diagne – a 6-foot-9 native of Rufisque, Senegal – was also one of 14 recipients of the Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service award this spring.
His many community service initiatives included a cultural-exchange trip to Belize last summer with the sports mission group Sports Reach.
Diagne and others on the trip played basketball games, but they also led basketball clinics for local children and visited children’s homes and churches.
This school year, Diagne has also welcomed and played with campers with developmental disabilities from city program Camp Happy Days twice, donated school supplies to the local Stuff the Bus supply drive, volunteered with area children at the United Way Day of Caring, competed in wheelchair basketball with local adaptive sport athletes and ran stations to teach basketball to children at the Center for Courageous Kids’ weekend retreat for those with debilitating asthma.
He has also been a representative for the program during area grade schools’ field trips to campus and the arena.