Bill Sharman humanitarian Award

Jerry West

Executive Board Member, Golden State Warriors
NBA Hall of Fame Member
1960 Olympic Gold Medalist


Champions are made, not born, so the saying goes. Jerry West, Executive Board Member for the Golden State Warriors, knows the commitment to excellence from which championship runs are achieved. For this reason, Sharefest and Joyce Sharman, the 13th Annual Gala Honorary Chair, are honored to present Jerry West with the Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award at this year's Sharefest Architect of Transformation Gala on Saturday, November 5, 2016, in recognition of his positive leadership contribution and outstanding commitment to helping others in need.

“There are people who leave an indelible mark of excellence upon the lives of others as they propel them to achieve greatness. For as long as I have known him, Jerry West has been helping others fulfill their dreams on and off the court. While Jerry is known to most for his basketball achievements, it is an honor to present the Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award to him at the 2016 Sharefest Gala in recognition of his lifetime achievement of quietly and selflessly helping others. My husband would be so proud for him to receive this award.” 

- Joyce Sharman, Wife of late Bill Sharman

For nearly five decades, West has led NBA teams and individuals to discover their inner champion. A Los Angeles Lakers icon, West's resume is robust: he is a 9-time NBA Champion (as both a player and an executive), 14-time NBA All-Star, 2-time NBA Executive of the Year, an NBA Hall of Fame Member, a 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist, and he was named one of the best 50 basketball players of all time. Currently, West continues his drive for excellence with the Golden State Warriors, where he has served as an Executive Board Member since 2011.

“Jerry West's steadfast contribution of leadership and service reminds us of the importance of persevering through challenges to achieve greatness. We are honored to recognize him with this award for his longtime commitment to the Los Angeles community.”

- Chad Mayer, Sharefest Executive Director

West's reputation for remaining calm under pressure and pushing through to success when it matters the most earned him the nickname "Mr. Clutch" and exemplifies the virtues of leadership admired by many. The Sharefest community is grateful for the way West stewards his influence for the good of others and looks forward to honoring his work this fall.