NBA CARES IN LATIN AMERICA FACT SHEET
Posted Jul 22 2009 4:15PM
• Launched in October of 2005, NBA Cares is the league’s social responsibility initiative that builds on the long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. NBA Cares works with internationally-recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health and wellness.
• Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated more than $105 million to charity, completed approximately 950,000 hours of community service and created more than 421 places where kids and families can live, learn and play.
Latin America Outreach
• The NBA has built 15 places where children and families can live, learn or play in four Latin American countries. Projects have included technology centers and libraries, which were founded during Basketball without Borders camps, and basketball court refurbishments as part of “Es Tu Cancha” program. “Es Tu Cancha” provides communities with a safe and family-friendly environment where children can be healthy and physically active through basketball.
• In July 2005, the NBA refurbished a basketball court in Mexico City as part of “Es Tu Cancha,” the NBA’s Hispanic marketing and outreach, which provides communities with a safe and family-friendly environment where children can be healthy and physically active through basketball.
• During Puerto Rico 2005 and 2006 preseason training camps, the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies hosted five community outreach events. Projects included a basketball court refurbishment as part of “Es Tu Cancha,” hospital visits and a Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA basketball clinic.
BWB Player Outreach
• Al Horford:
• Sam Dalembert:
• Willie Green:
• Tenis Para Nińos is a collaborative footwear donation project, created by The Charlie Villanueva Foundation (CVF), which donated 10,000 pairs of Crocs shoes to children Dominican Republic in August 2008. Villanueva is a native of the Dominican Republic.
• In 2007, Argentina native Manu Ginobili began his service as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Argentina, supporting UNICEF’s work in advocating for the protection of children's rights and searching for solutions to issues affecting Argentina’s children.
• In early 2006, Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash and his wife, Alejandra Nash, donated more than $170,000 to open a new cardiac surgery unit for infants at Hospital de Clinicas in Paraguay (Alejandra’s native home). The 112-year-old hospital, known in the country as the hospital of the poor, treated roughly 210,000 people in 2005, not including the maternity and pediatric units.
• In July 2003, Brazil’s Nenę and Argentina’s Manu Ginóbili jointly visited their home countries as part of the second annual “Latinos Unidos” tour. Both players were received with great admiration in their respective countries. The duo participated in media events, autograph sessions and youth basketball clinics.
• In 2003, Brazilian native Nene Hilario of the Denver Nuggets participated in a Public Service Announcement with the UN Office on Drug Crimes (UNODC) to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.