Washington Wizards swingman Jerry Stackhouse is one of five finalists for the J. Walker Kennedy Citizenship Award, an honor presented by the Professional Basketball Writers' Association to an NBA player for outstanding community service.

Stackhouse, through his Triple Threat Foundation, has generated education, funding and research projects for curing diabetes. He is nominated along with Adonal Foyle (Golden State), David Robinson (San Antonio), Walter McCarty (Boston) and Reggie Miller (Indiana).

Stackhouse has been a longtime advocate to find a cure for diabetes after losing two sisters to the disease and also having both parents diagnosed.

"Right now it's important because the connection I'm having with the city of Washington is unbelievable," said Stackhouse, who added he is still active with charity work he established in Detroit when he played there with the Pistons. "I'm trying to really get involved and stay involved because this is an important issue."

Stackhouse also does personal charity work outside of his foundation. He recently went to Children's Hospital in Washington to visit with children suffering from diabetes. He also taped a video encouraging Washington residents who are participating in a program that teaches them vocational skills and helps them earn their General Equivalency Degree.

Stackhouse said his next project is to set up a mobile unit that visits schools and other outlets to educate youths and adults about the dangers of obesity.

Hughes Hurting

Guard Larry Hughes aggravated his sprained right ankle roughly five games ago and said he is having difficulty planting and jumping. He dressed out for warm-ups before tonight's game against Seattle but did not play.

He had the ankle X-rayed after Tuesday's victory at Portland and some soft tissue damage was detected. The injury is not deemed serious but potentially problematic.

Hughes, who was replaced as the starting point guard Tuesday, said he is somewhat concerned about long-term damage and said he was told that resting his ankle is the proper remedy.

Jerry Stackhouse is among five finalists for award honoring outstanding community service.