The same week NBA free agent Jason Collins announced he is gay, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried received an NBA award for his work in the community, notably for prompting gay acceptance.

Faried, raised by two mothers, won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award on Wednesday for his work in the community. The second-year pro was honored for his role with Athlete Ally, an organization that works to encourage acceptance of others and end homophobia in sports, in addition to his work with athletes in Special Olympics.

"I'm not really the one who wants accolades for doing stuff that feels natural to me, comes easy," Faried said Wednesday. "Being a good person and supporting things, that's just me.

"There's no reward needed or recognition needed, just seeing the smiles on faces and being happy and saying thank you for your service. I'm going to continue supporting gay rights, lesbians, transgender or transsexuals. I'll continue to support you."

Faried has been supportive of Collins, who announced Monday in a Sports Illustrated essay that he is gay.

Faried has been actively involved in the Nuggets' community outreach. He has purchased a block of season tickets for distribution to children from Special Olympics Colorado, Denver Public Schools and the Denver Rescue Mission. Faried also helped at the Broomfield charity group "giveSports" equipment drive to get sports gear for kids affected by the Colorado wildfires and others in the state.

"I told him that I really enjoy players who have a desire to give back, speak and stand for things I think are real important," said Nuggets coach George Karl. "His recognition is deserving, and I think you'll see Kenneth sustain it for his career."