Gasol has been a UNICEF ambassador for seven years and has traveled extensively in support of programs aimed at nutrition and education for children.
The award honors an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community. It is determined through a vote by members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.
Gasol is the fourth member of the Lakers to receive the award. Michael Cooper won in 1986 and Magic Johnson took the 1992 honor. Metta World Peace was voted the award last season when he went by the name Ron Artest.