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Marc Gasol, Xavier Henry to donate to Japan relief and recovery fund

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MEMPHIS – The Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol and Xavier Henry are two of 20 NBA players contributing to an effort by Direct Relief International, one of the world’s leading medical organizations, to help the people of Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

Gasol will be donating $1,000 for every point scored tonight when the Grizzlies play the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Gasol is one of several NBA stars, including Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, JaVale McGee and Russell Westbrook, to commit that sum for each point scored for select games from March 25-27.

Henry is among others committed to a set donation to the relief effort, which include D.J. Augustin, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Tyreke Evans, Danilo Gallinari, Antawn Jamison, Jason Kapono, Quincy Pondexter, Brian Scalabrine, Etan Thomas and Ben Wallace.

The donations will go to Direct Relief’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund. Formed with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the Fund supports the immediate health needs of people by working with local authorities best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for the long-term recovery.

Direct Relief has already provided emergency funds for the provision of emergency materials for thousands of displaced persons in 20 facilities throughout Miyagi prefecture, with special attention being paid to the needs of persons with disabilities and elderly persons.

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