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NBA Cares: 3 of the Most Passionate Campaigns of 2019

Throughout 2019, NBA Cares launches various campaigns to support certain causes and advocacies.

As the association’s global corporate social responsibility program, NBA Cares commits itself to address important social issues in the US and the rest of the world. NBA Cares has already provided 323 places in 40 countries where children and their families can live, play, and learn.

Here are three of the most passionate campaigns that the entire NBA community engaged with.

1) The Chamique Holdsclaw documentary

The one-hour documentary is a The Jed Foundation-assisted case study created with Rick Goldsmith. It was entitled Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.

Holdsclaw is a former WNBA player who suffered from a mental illness. She initially retired on June 11, 20017 playing for Los Angeles Sparks. She came back playing in 2009, this time with Atlanta Dream. 

Prior to the documentary, Holdsclaw wrote an autobiography outlining her bouts against depression throughout her career. She also attempted suicide at one point.

Her documentary aired on May 3, 2016, on Logo TV.

The renewed interest in her story springs from her actions to become an advocate of mental illness. Holdsclaw shares her story with others especially her experiences as a bipolar.

2) The NBA All-Star 2019

In February 2019, the NBA All-Star players and their families partake in various activities targeted at the local community organizations. Such organizations work with thousands of people in need across the Charlotte area.

The grassroots events and programs used the game of basketball in bringing together people and empowering the families particularly their children. Among the activities include hands-on service projects, clinics and games, forums, and wellness events.

The goal of these activities is to teach children the values and fundamentals of basketball; create spaces for open, honest, and transparent dialogue; and build support systems as well as mentorship opportunities. 

Ultimately, the NBA All-Star games were represented by Team LeBron and Team Giannis. The first team selected Right Moves for Youth while the second team chose the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. 

Representatives of both organizations attended the practice and given special in-arena experiences. The winning team won $350,000 donations while the losing team, $150,000 donations. Through these donations, the organizations are provided with financial resources as support in uplifting their own communities.

3) The Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts

Hurricane Dorian struck the Caribbean, Bahamas, mainland US, and Atlantic Canada. It was dubbed as the worst natural disaster in these areas. The damages were identified at $4.68 billion in total.

In the US, the greatest damages were realized in Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Maine. The total damages in the areas totalled $1.2 billion.

The entire NBA family, which includes the NBA, WNBA, and NBA 2K League, worked together in supporting the communities with necessary and immediate relief efforts. 

It was a joint effort with various organizations and of course, the teams, players, and fandoms for donation drives. 

American Red Cross, DirectRelief, Unicef USA, All Hands and Hearts Smart Response, Bahamas Relief Foundation, and World Central Kitchen are key organizations that participated in nba4dorian campaign.

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6 of the Most Charitable NBA Players

Playing in the NBA has many perks, and the big paycheck is one of them. This gives them the impetus to give back to the community however they can.

While some choose to be good samaritans without announcing their good deeds to the world, here are some of the most generous NBA players that we know of.

1) LeBron James

James started the LeBron James Family Foundation with the mission to minimize the high dropout rates among at-risk youth in Akron, Ohio, James’ hometown. 

His foundation also launched a public school program called I Promise School wherein graduating students with a GPA of 3.0 are given scholarships. They would not pay any tuition fee when they choose to enrol at Akron University. 

Remember the controversial program where James had to choose which team to play with? It was a fundraising event that was able to raise up to $6 million. He donated the entire sum to his chosen charities.

2) Kevin Durant

With the help of Durant who pledged $10 million, the College Track chapter was introduced to Prince George County in Maryland. This is where Durant grew up.

A first across the Washington metropolitan area, the program gave students (ninth-graders to college) access to financial aid as well as tutoring services and test preparation courses. It also guides graduate students to transition from college to employment. 

3) Stephen Curry

Curry commits himself to alleviate malaria cases worldwide, partnering with the United Nations and USAID.

In 2012, he donated three sleeping nets per three-point shot he made. In 2016, he also promoted the #CallYourShot donation drive to raise enough money to help protect communities plagued with malaria. Since 2018, he also donated one malaria bed for each pair of Nothing But Sneakers signature sneakers which have already sold 10,000 pairs.

Curry also provides scholarships to children of active-duty military members through ThanksUSA golf tournaments. It had already raised $150,000 since it began in 2011. He also partnered with Chase Bank and Under Armour to renovate his hometown’s Charlotte’s Carole Hoefener Center. 

4) Isaiah Thomas

Thomas has been helping the communities within which he was playing since 2011, having played for four NBA teams. 

He was a staunch supporter of Boys and Girls Clubs events. He had raised thousands of dollars to give to the fire victims in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He provided financial help to the construction of a basketball centre in his hometown Tacoma. He also holds backpack giveaways to underprivileged children who still choose to stay in school.

5) John Wall

Wall has been working with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Washington, DC since 2014 when his 6-year-old friend Miyah Telemaque-Nelson died of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. He named a walking team Miyah’s Troupe.

This is just one his health activisms, though, that he was putting forward through his own foundation, John Wall Family Foundation. 

Wall has a Passport to Manhood Program that aims to engage young boys in the community. 

6) Tobias Harris

Harris is one of the most philanthropic NBA players, donating $1 million to nine charities in Philadelphia at the start of this season alone. 

He was very specific with his chosen charities, however, wherein they should be into providing quality education to children especially in reading.

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NBA Christmas Games Tradition: What Are They For?

Every year, select NBA teams play on Christmas day. How this tradition came to be is not known to many. And so are the reasons behind those games.

Well, here’s a look into the NBA Christmas games tradition.

Purpose of the NBA Christmas games

Christmas is a time for merrymaking. It started in 1947 wherein the Association puts together teams with some of the best players.  

Although, the games are like a rematch of the previous season’s playoffs or finals game. The emphasis is on desirable matchups for national viewership.

NBA tries to strike a balance between team performance and market size. Not necessarily for the ticket sales, but what the fans would want to see on Christmas day.

That’s according to NBA senior vice president of broadcasting, Tom Carelli. The fans and the NBA’s great storylines are what the games are for.

Playing the NBA’s Santa Claus, Carelli selects the Christmas agenda. Priority games are created—they are an opportunity for more people to get to watch each game.

Siphoning the new blood

Christmas day games feature both established and new NBA players

The staples will be playing including LeBron James, Stephen Curry (who missed last year’s games due to an ankle injury), Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.

And then, there are Christmas day rookies such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Lonzo Ball, and Donovan Mitchell. Zion Williamson will be also debuting this year.

Participating in the festivities

Despite the criticisms and complaints that the games take away precious time of these players that should’ve been spent with families on Christmas day, coaches and players see the inclusion as an honour, a reward, an opportunity, and a privilege.

Dwight Howard said, “I’d rather be playing on Christmas than sitting at home wishing I was playing on Christmas.”

Not all NBA teams and players are given the chance to play before thousands of adoring fans.

How many NBA games are played on Christmas?

The Association sets five games every year. For the 2019-20 campaign, here are the marquee matchups.

  • Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers
  • Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
  • New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets
  • Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors
  • Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers

Do the New York Knicks always play on Christmas?

Knicks always play on Christmas. For 53 years, they are included in the roster. They won’t be playing this year, however. 

It’s one of the saddest exits from the previous lineups. It performed the worst in the last season with 17-65 record. The Knicks have not appeared on any playoffs as well since 2013.

But did you know that the Knicks played and won the first-ever Christmas day game against Providence Steam Rollers, 89-75? 

Which NBA teams will play this Christmas? 

Other teams who won’t be playing this year are Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Utah Jazz.

On the other hand, new teams in the lineup include New Orleans Pelicans, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Denver Nuggets.

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