Community

NBA Players Touching Lives

It is with great pride and purpose that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) makes community outreach a top priority. Through numerous initiatives aimed at positively impacting families throughout the globe, the NBPA and its more than 400 players embody the spirit of giving, leading by example and selflessly contributing to the betterment of society.

As part of the NBPA’s mission to address critical social issues and exhibit a year-round commitment to philanthropy, the Union has teamed up with several partners to reach its community goals.

Year after year, the NBPA brightens the holiday season for many by distributing turkeys, food, personal care items and more to thousands of men, women and children in-need across the country. This past year, the national holiday outreach was highlighted by the “Miracle In The Nation’s Capital” in Washington D.C., wherein more than 10,000 families took part in one of the largest food giveaways in the history of the Nation’s Capitol.

Earlier this year, in an urgent response to the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti, the NBPA joined with its counterparts from the NFLPA, MLBPA and NHLPA to form “One Team 4 Haiti.” On behalf of the professional athletes from all four unions, they came together to support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s focus on the earthquake relief efforts. In addition, the NBPA and NBA teamed up to donate $1 million to support the relief efforts, and together joined forces with longtime community partner UNICEF and other relief agencies to provide emergency assistance to the estimated three million victims.

The NBPA also travels overseas to improve lives and impact communities. In addition to distributing millions of meals to the residents of Kenya, the NBPA also has visited China, Saudi Arabia and Puerto Rico, as well as other international locations, hosting basketball clinics for local children at each stop.

The NBPA encourages all of its Members to take an active role in their communities and provides a host of resources to assist players in such efforts. To learn more about what the NBPA and its players are doing in the community, visit the “News” section on NBPA.com.