He's 80 years old and the assistant coach of the United Spinal Association Nets, a wheelchair basketball team sponsored in part by the New Jersey Nets. For 60 years, Al Youakim has worked with the disabled, beginning with his own brother, wounded in World War II. Now, the the United States Spinal Association has named an award in his honor. The Al Youakim Community Service Award will be given annually and Youakim will be the award's first recipient.
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