September 12, 2007, Beijing -- “Yao’s birthday” and “charity” has become the talk of the town for media on September 12. Tonight, nine NBA players including Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis, Leandro Barbosa among others arrived in Beijing, marking the tip-off of a charity tour by world class basketball players. NBA players met with media at the Regent hotel in Beijing, sharing with journalists and reporters their excitement of being in China and their thoughts about participating in the Yao-Nash Charity Game.

At the meet-and-greet with media, Nash seemed very thrilled especially because he was the one to initiate for this event. He expressed the excitement he felt as soon as he stepped off the plane. He is also very happy about initiating this event with Yao. Steve believes that this event will be a fun and meaningful experience for him. He also believes that with the support of so many media and friends in China, this event will surely be a success. Other players also expressed their excitement for their first trip to China, in which they will be able to contribute to charity by helping needy children in China, and participate in a game.

Yao explained that this event was not specially arranged for his birthday, but he is very happy about this coincidence. At the same time, Yao also thanked his friends for joining him to do something for the kids in China.

All 9 NBA players will also attend the Charity Auction Party to take place at the Diao Yu Tai State Guest House in formal attire. And on September 14, they will join members of the Chinese National Basketball Team to showcase an exhilarating charity game at the Beijing Capital Stadium.

This charity game and related events are initiated by Yao and Nash, all proceeds raised from these events will be used for charitable undertakings. Specifically, the funds will be used to support and build more Project Hope school in the poorer regions of China’s Western regions through the China Youth Development Foundation; to help impoverished girls in the Xinjiang Kezilesu Keerkzi Autonomous Region to receive education and to upgrade the facilities of schools for mentally challenged children in Western China.