Jerome Williams, Spencer Haywood and other legends will represent NBA Cares during All-Star week in Las Vegas.
Events around the Las Vegas-area will take place in local community centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, schools and other neighborhood venues. This week of touching the lives of the Las Vegas community will culminate with the NBA Cares All-Star Legacy project, when the league and its partners will dedicate a Learn & Play Center at the Mabel Hoggard Elementary School that will include improvements on an expanded library, technology center and athletic facilities.
“Hosting the NBA All-Star Game is a great showcase for the city of Las Vegas, but our goal is to make a lasting impact in the community as well,” said Kathy Behrens, NBA senior vice president, community and player programs. “Through our diverse community programs, the NBA Cares Caravan will highlight how much the NBA Family cares about the community and it will make a difference for thousands of kids and their families.”
The NBA Cares Community Caravan will include:
Feb. 12 - NBA Cares Reading Rallies presented by Pitney Bowes - NBA Legends, WNBA stars, NBA family members and Bearemy® the Build-A-Bear Workshop® mascot, will be promoting the importance of reading with visits and book donations by Pitney Bowes to Robert Lake, Laura Dearing and William E. Ferron Elementary Schools. At Ferron Elementary, which serves local visually impaired students, the NBA and the National Braille Press will be providing braille books for the students.
Feb. 13 - NBA FIT - Partnering with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the NBA will launch NBA FIT, the league’s new health and wellness platform, at the YMCA of Southern Nevada with a series of basketball clinics and workshops about the importance of kids leading an active, healthy and safe lifestyle.
Feb. 13 - Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Clinics - Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA, presented by Gatorade and Nike, will host hundreds of children from Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA member leagues at a series of skills and fitness clinics at Nellis Air Force Base Boys & Girls Club and Mirabelli Recreation Center.
Feb. 14 - Habitat for Humanity House - The NBA and Pitney Bowes will be working with Habitat for Humanity to construct a house for a local Las Vegas family.
Feb. 14 - WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself - Several current WNBA players will host 60 Las Vegas children at Clark County/Desert Breeze Community Center for an event highlighting the WNBA and its Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself program which encourage teens and women of all ages to learn more about their bodies and the importance of physical fitness and self-esteem.
Feb. 14 - National Wheelchair Basketball Association Basketball Clinic - Some of the country’s best wheelchair basketball players, who make up the National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Star basketball team, will host a clinic at Doolittle Community Center for 20 junior wheelchair athletes from Las Vegas.
Feb. 15 - NBA Cares Hospital Visit - Members of the NBA family and special guests such as Ronald McDonald, will visit with children at Sunrise Children's Hospital distributing gifts, including Build-A-Bear Workshop Teddy Bears.
Feb. 15 - Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Nike Court Refurbishment - The NBA and Nike will unveil a newly refurbished basketball court at Lied Memorial Boys & Girls Club and host a series of basketball clinics for more than 350 local youth.
Feb. 15 - National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Star Game - The top wheelchair basketball players from across the country meet in the NWBA All-Star Classic on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.
Feb. 16 – Rookie & Sophomore Practice and Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy Gym Grand Opening - Some of the NBA’s top young stars will join Andre Agassi and students from the tennis legend's prep school to dedicate the facility's brand new gymnasium, which will host the practices for the Rookies and Sophomores as they prepare for the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam.
Feb. 16 - T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam - As a reward for successfully completing an educational/community incentives program, up to 6,000 T-Mobile Huddle Up All-Stars from Clark County School District, Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas and After-School All-Stars programs will attend the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Feb. 17 - NBA Cares Learn & Play Center Legacy Project Dedication - The NBA, along with Toyota will unveil a new NBA Cares Learn & Play Center at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School. The project will include extensive refurbishment of the school’s library and technology center and the donation of computers by Lenovo as well as books from Scholastic, furniture, reading materials from Encyclopedia Britannica, and the creation of indoor and outdoor places for kids to play.
Feb. 18 - Habitat for Humanity House - As part of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International, the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and TNT, to build 10 homes during the 2006-07 season, the NBA Family will assist local volunteers in the construction of a home that will be shipped to a family in the Gulf Coast.
In addition to the events in the Las Vegas community there will be a number of activities during All-Star events at the Thomas & Mack Center and at NBA All-Star Jam Session highlighting the league’s commitment to the community. Jam Session, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino South Convention Center Thursday Feb.15 to Monday, Feb. 19 will host the NBA Cares Read to Achieve Activity Area presented by Toyota featuring players, celebrities and local authors encouraging kids to develop a life-long love of reading.
Las Vegas-based OSA International, which handles the production for the NBA’s events during All-Star, is donating their services to assist the league in producing the NBA Cares Community Caravan. Throughout the weekend, the league will also partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation by granting the wishes of two terminally ill children and their families.