Posts Tagged ‘NBA Cares’

NBA Cares celebrates 10 years

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On this pivotal day in the season of giving, the NBA family took a moment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of NBA Cares, the arm of the NBA “that builds on the NBA’s mission of addressing important social issues.” “Good Morning America” recently caught up with several current and former players to celebrate the anniversary of the program. Click below to check it out…

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Stephen Curry Makes Rick Reilly Wear Nothing But Nets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — OK, so maybe the headline is a little misleading. I mean, there is a point in this video where ESPN’s Rick Reilly, the 11-time NSSA Sportswriter of the Year, walks on camera wearing only a net, which thankfully covers the stuff nobody wants to see. Golden State G Stephen Curry eventually joins in as well, though he chooses to wear his net in a more modest toga-esque configuration.

How does all this come about? Reilly challenges Steph Curry to a shooting contest, with a wrinkle: Reilly shoots threes, Curry shoots from halfcourt. I think you can guess how it ends up.

Anyway, the key part of the headline is the phrase “Nothing But Nets.” Today is World Malaria Day, and it’s a perfect time to get the Nothing But Nets campaign on your radar. Nothing But Nets is a terrific organization dedicated to fighting malaria, which is a leading cause of death among children in Africa. Nothing but Nets wants you to give $10, which goes for “the cost of purchasing a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed net, distributing it, and educating communities on its use.”

Take a few minutes, laugh at the video, then make a difference in someone’s life…

Obama Imitates John Starks At The White House

by Zettler Clay IV

If your mind immediately went to the 1994 NBA Finals after reading this headline, then me and you are best friends probably too familiar with:

a) the New York Knicks
b) John Starks
c) the Houston Rockets
d) the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and John Starks

At the Oval Office for Easter Day festivities, president Barack Obama dropped in on some children and Washington Wizards and decided to show them how much game their POTUS has. Except he didn’t.

Missing his first 18 shots, he shot an impressive 2-of-4 the rest of the way (unofficial report). Good lesson to part with for the kiddies: *Bad starts happen to the best of us. It’s how we finish that determines our character how many bad YouTube comments we can engender.

*Knicks fans, don’t hate me for making that Game 7 reference. I’m your friend, I assure you.

It’s a big day for NBA Cares

by Micah Hart

Today is a very special day (How special is it?). It’s so special, it’s the five -year anniversary of the launch of NBA Cares, the NBA’s dedicated service program and outreach organization responsible for most of the community service projects you may have seen your favorite players participating in over the past several years.

Check out the stats the program has piled up in that time: $145 millions dollars in charitable donations, 1.4 million hours of community service, and they’ve helped to build over 525 playgrounds and community centers. I gotta say, that’s a pretty impressive haul.

My favorite part of the NBA Cares family is the Basketball Without Borders program, which spans the globe every year to teach basketball and life skills as well as build things like schools and houses. I’ve yet to meet an NBA player who didn’t have a life-altering experience as part of the program. Here is Dwight Howard talking about his trip to South Africa in 2009:

The five-year anniversary also marks the start of the NBA Cares Week of Service, which starts today and runs through Oct. 25th.

You are probably familiar with many of the NBA Cares programs, as they partner with several big-name organizations like UNICEF and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and many lesser known ones as well like KaBOOM!, which is a terrific organization (Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison has launched a partnership of his own with the company) not only for the work they do but because it gives me an excuse to link to my favorite show:

The NBA works very hard to maintain an active role in the communities it lives in, and while some people think of all athletes as spoiled millionaires, anyone who’s ever worked on some of these projects with them can attest that a lot of players really do care and enjoy doing what they can to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Congrats on five years to everyone associated with NBA Cares, and keep up the good work.

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