• 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
• Basketball without Borders 2009 in Mexico City will be the fifth camp hosted in Latin America (Brazil twice, Argentina and Puerto Rico). Community outreach activities have included HIV/AIDS awareness seminars, library and technology center dedications, basketball court refurbishments, Special Olympics basketball clinics, and hospital visits.

• 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
• Eduardo Najera:
o Launched Eduardo Nájera Foundation for Latin Achievement in 2004 to help less privileged children receive a college education
o Featured in anti-drug PSAs in partnership with UNICEF and the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP)
o Serves as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Sports Against Drugs Campaign
o Hosted a charity basketball game in July 2005, featuring other NBA players Marcus Camby and DerMarr Johnson, at Autonoma University in Chihuahua, Mexico
o Participated in 2004 Basketball without Borders in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

• Al Horford:
o Established “Al’s Amigos” in an effort to support less privileged youth in the Atlanta area
o Hosted English/Spanish Reading Timeouts as part of NBA’s Read to Achieve program
o Supports Atlanta-area Hispanic youth groups by hosting reading timeouts and donating tickets to Atlanta Hawks games
o Received the NBA’s Community Assist Award in February 2008

• Sam Dalembert:
o Received the NBA Community Assist Award in February 2009
o Participated in a Testing411.org “Get Tested” PSA titled to promote HIV testing, in partnership with HBO, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC) and the Kaiser Family Foundation
o Pledged $150,000 over three years to support education and health for children in Haiti, in partnership with UNICEF.
o Featured in PSAs supporting Special Olympics and HIV Testing
o Serves as UNICEF Ambassador to Haiti
o Participated in 2007 BWB Europe (France), 2007 BWB Americas (Brazil), 2006 BWB Europe (Lithuania), 2005 BWB Americas (Argentina), 2004 BWB Africa, 2004 BWB Europe (Italy)

• Willie Green:
o Participated in the 76ers Thanksgiving Dinner event, hosting families from the Philadelphia Housing Authority
o Taught basketball skills to Special Olympics athletes during a basketball clinic

Other Highlights
• The Cleveland Cavaliers and center Anderson Varejao are supporting relief efforts following a flood in Brazil. The team and Varejao, a Brazilian native, will provide a financial donation to UNICEF to aid in the efforts.

• 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.

For more information, visit: http://www.nba.com/cares