Former UConn stars Ray Allen and Renee Montgomery have been named winners of the 2021 Mannie Jackson Award, presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for outstanding humanitarian efforts. Former North Carolina State standout and NBA coach and player Vinny Del Negro, who attended Suffield Academy, also received this year’s award. All three will be formally recognized in September, during the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.
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