"It means the world to me. To be honest, I've been trying to win that award the past five years," Latta told The Associated Press after a shoot-around on Friday. "It means a lot. I put my heart and passion back in my community, and the community in DC as well. I have a passion for kids and love putting smiles on their faces. I'm here to use the game of basketball to inspire people to do really great things. If I can be an inspiration to a kid to never give up, that's what I'm going to do the rest of my life."