Zion Williamson can add another honor to his already stacked resume.
On Tuesday, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans announced they had named a newborn penguin after the 19-year-old Pelicans rookie.
“We chose the name Zion in honor of @pelicansnba rookie @ZionWilliamson. In this time of uncertainty, Zion embraced the New Orleans community with a truly remarkable act of generosity after NBA season halted,” the Audubon Institute posted to Instagram, along with photos of the newest addition, who hatched in Feb.
“Zion is the offspring of penguin pair Hubig (mother) and Ocio (father). After spending approximately 11 days being raised with its parents, as sometimes happens, it needed to be removed and taken under human care,” the establishment continued. “This is a very time-consuming process for animal care staff and is a testament to their dedication, especially right now since we are closed, and only essential staff are on site taking such great care of the animals.”
With the NBA shut down for the season amid the coronavirus pandemic, Williamson — last year’s No. 1 pick — is doing his part to help those in need. Earlier this month, Williamson confirmed he would cover the salaries of Smoothie King Center workers for 30 days.
“This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis,” he shared on social media.
Prior to the season halting, Williamson averaged 23.6 points per game.