Every month, the league gives out the Kia Community Assist Award, and Faried earned the award for his work in February for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.

In other words, the league is commending Kenneth for being vocal about gay rights and awareness in sports. Faried was raised by his mother and her female life partner.

Here’s what the league sent out:

Kia and the NBA are honoring Faried in part for his efforts to champion equality and bring awareness to the importance of respect and inclusion. Faried recently became a member of Athlete Ally, an organization that works to encourage acceptance of others and end homophobia in sports. In a show of support for equal rights, he attended the launch party for One Colorado to celebrate the passing of Senate Bill 11, The Colorado Civil Union Act.

Faried also supported the message of inclusion by participating as an honorary coach at the 2013 NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game during NBA All-Star in Houston. In addition, he is scheduled to participate in an upcoming Denver Nuggets Special Olympics clinic which will bring 125 athletes from Special Olympics Colorado to the Pepsi Center for a basketball clinic.