NBA Players, Teams Aid Tsunami Relief Effort
Posted Feb 3 2005 2:46PM
American Red Cross, UNICEF to receive numerous contributions
NBA players and teams are joining forces with various charitable organizations to raise funds for the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.
• Atlanta Hawks players, coaches and training staff have collected $64,000, which has been donated to UNICEF in support of tsunami relief efforts in Asia.
• The Boston Celtics joined the American Red Cross to collect funds from fans at home games on December 31, January 3, 5 and 7. The Celtics matched the total funds collected and then made an additional donation from the Shamrock Foundation. Paul Pierce and Gary Payton also donated $1,000 for every assist they made on January 7 and 8, resulting in a donation of $12,000 by Pierce and $7,000 by Payton. In total, the Celtics have raised more than $250,000 for the tsunami relief fund.
• The Cleveland Cavaliers will donate a portion of their ticket sales to the UNICEF Tsunami Relief fund for their games on January 24 and 26.
• The Denver Nuggets have teamed up with the American Red Cross to raise $15,000 including $5,000 donated by Kroenke Sports. Nuggets’ employees also compiled a shipment of supplies to send to the affected regions in Southeast Asia.
• The Detroit Pistons collected donations from fans at their home games on January 14, 15 and 17 with proceeds going to UNICEF. Pistons players and employees will also make contributions.
• The Golden State Warriors auctioned off a special experience with Adonal Foyle that included a lunch for two and an autographed ball in an effort to raise funds for tsunami relief. The auction raised $9,515 and will be matched by The Warriors Foundation.
• The Houston Rockets provided fans with an opportunity to make donations to the American Red Cross at their game on January 5. The team will also make a donation.
• On January 5, Scot Pollard of the Indiana Pacers and his wife, Mindy, whose mother is from Thailand, presented a check for $57,400 to UNICEF on behalf of the team. On January 14, the Pacers collected funs from fans at Conseco Fieldhouse.
• The Los Angeles Lakers matched all proceeds from in-arena auctions at their home games on January 2, 7 and 13. The Lakers also matched Kobe Bryant’s donation of $1,000 for every basket he scored on January 7 (27 points) and as an organization pledged a total of $100,000 to UNICEF.
• On January 6, the Milwaukee Bucks auctioned off Bucks and Green Bay Packers tickets. Donations were also collected by American Red Cross volunteers at home games on January 5, 6 and 8. Bucks memorabilia was auctioned off on January 8, including artwork by Desmond Mason and autographed pairs of Michael Redd and Toni Kukoc’s game worn shoes.
• The Minnesota Timberwolves held silent auctions at their home games on January 4, 7 and 10, and American Refugee Committee volunteers collected donations from fans to help support the tsunami relief fund. Donations from team member included $100,000 from Kevin Garnett, $20,000 from Latrell Sprewell and $15,000 from Trenton Hassell.
• The New Orleans Hornets, in conjunction with the Mayor of New Orleans and the Asian Pacific American Society, filmed a public service announcement that is being aired locally and gives people a phone number to call and make a donation on behalf of the Society. P.J. Brown also partnered with 40 schools across Louisiana to raise money by autographing basketball shoes that were then stuffed with Mardi Gras beads. For $0.25, students at these 40 schools were then given an opportunity to guess the number of individual beads stuffed into these shoes. The student who made the closest guess won the autographed shoes, and all the money was donated to the Society’s tsunami relief program. At halftime of the Hornets-Rockets game on January 26th, a check for almost $21,000 was presented to the Society as a result of these efforts.
• Stephon Marbury, Allan Houston, Moochie Norris, Vin Baker and Nazr Mohammed of the New York Knicks, donated $1,000 to UNICEF for each point that they individually scored on January 8. Marbury will donate $7,000, Houston $9,000, Norris $2,000, Baker $2,000 and Mohammed $12,000. The rest of the Knicks players made private donations to UNICEF to aid the victims of the tsunami.
• Comcast Spectacor, the ownership group of the Philadelphia 76ers , donated $50,000 to the United Way and $50,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts. Fans were also able to make donations to the American Red Cross at the 76ers’ home games on January 10 and 14.
• The Phoenix Sunsdonated $100 for every shot made on January 19 against the Memphis Grizzlies (79 points). In addition, two thousand $10 tickets were made available for purchase with all proceeds from the sale of those tickets going to the Red Cross. Red Cross representatives were also on hand to accept donations from fans.
• The Portland Trail Blazers have collected donations at home games for Mercy Corps, and players also made private donations. Paul G. Allen, the owner of the Trail Blazers, has also donated $500,000 each to Northwest Medical Teams, Mercy Corps and World Vision to aid the tsunami victims, totaling $1.5 million, on behalf of his foundation. Theo Ratliff and his wife also donated an additional $100,000 to UNICEF.
• The Maloofs and the You Foundation teamed up with NEWS 10 and KHTK to help raise relief funds for survivors. At the Sacramento Kings game on January 11, fans were able to purchase a Kings Tsunami Relief Ribbon Car Magnet to support relief efforts in Southeast Asia. The Kings Tsunami Relief Ribbon Car Magnet was available for $5 at both the Team Store and Kings.com. All proceeds will benefit UNICEF's international relief effort to provide lifesaving supplies to victims.
• A portion of the San Antonio Spurs tickets sales from their January 8 game were donated to UNICEF. Fans were also asked to make donations at the Tsunami Relief Booth at the SBC Center..
• The Seattle SuperSonics collected donations from fans during games on January 9, 11 and 14. The Sonics and Storm TEAM Foundation will match the donations up to $50,000. The money will go to the relief efforts in Sri Lanka through CARE. Fans can also make donations via a link on the Sonics and Storm websites.
• The Toronto Raptors are leading several initiatives to benefit the victims of the tsunami disaster. After their home game on January 7, game jerseys were auctioned off with proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross. The Raptors also co-hosted a telethon with Rogers SportsNet and had an in-arena collection that was matched by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. A percentage of food and merchandise sales on the January 7 and 9 also benefited the Canadian Red Cross. In total, the Raptors’ efforts raised $270,000.
• The Utah Jazz hosted American Red Cross volunteers at their home games on January 10, 12 and 15 to collect donations from fans. The Larry H. Miller Charities are also making a donation of $1.00 for every full-time and part-time employee in the Larry H. Miller Group, the ownership group of the Jazz.
• Starting January 4, the Washington Wizards are selling black wristbands for $2.00 at all home games and online. Proceeds will go to tsunami victims. So far $30,000 has been raised by the team and fans.
• Pau Gasol and Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies, Tracy McGrady and Bobby Sura of the Houston Rockets, Jermaine O'Neal of the Indiana Pacers, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jalen Rose of Toronto Raptors joined together for an SFX Basketball Shoot-a-Thon to benefit UNICEF. Each player pledged to donate $1,000 for every point they scored in a game the week of January 9.
The Shoot-A-Thon through SFX raised a total of $300,000. Here are their donations: Pau Gasol: $20,000 Mike Miller: $16,000 Tracy McGrady: $30,000 (rounded his donation up from $26,000) Bobby Sura: $20,000 Kobe Bryant: $27,000 *Jermaine O’Neal: $55,000 **Jalen Rose: $44,000 *Jermaine O’Neal originally planned on donating based on his performance on January 6 when he scored 32 points. Instead he chose to donate based on his points the previous game (55 points).
** Jalen Rose scored 21 points, but decided to donate based on his career high of 44 points.
• NBPA and NBA also teamed up to donate $1,000,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's tsunami relief efforts. The NBPA donated $500,000 to UNICEF's tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia and the NBA matched the gift for a total of $1,000,000 to UNICEF.
• The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA has recently partnered with Quarters From Kids, a philanthropic campaign that ensures America's youngest can reach out to the world's neediest during this difficult time. Quarters From Kids is designed to ensure that the initial response to the tsunami disaster is followed by a sustained commitment through the end of this school year and beyond. Quarters From Kids enables every young person, and adults who work with them, to raise and contribute funds to established relief organizations working in the region.
A donation table will be set up at the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Activity Court at the NBA All-Star Jam Session from Saturday, February 19 to Monday February 21. Local Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA kids and a Quarters From Kids representative will be there to answer questions.
• The NBA partnered with Adidas to auction off 25 autographed pairs of Kevin Garnett shoes with proceeds to benefit tsunami relief efforts. Each pair sold for $505, totaling over $12,000 for UNICEF.