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NBA Nationwide Holiday Relief December 9th


NBA Players Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Team Up to Turn Season of Giving Into Season of Feeding for 15,000 Families Throughout The Country; Miami Heat’s James Jones to Participate

 

Miami, 12/09 – The holidays are arriving early this year for thousands of needy families throughout the country. Courtesy of the NBA Players Association (NBPA), and in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, about 500 families in the Miami area will receive USDA Grade A turkeys on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, Northwest Branch, 10915 N.W. 14th Ave., Miami. Miami Heat forward and NBPA Secretary & Treasurer James Jones will help distribute the turkeys to area residents.

 “Well aware of how fortunate they are, NBA players continue to express gratitude for the opportunity to assist in supplying thousands of families with the centerpiece for a holiday meal. It is remarkable to watch as our players truly brighten the holiday season for so many,” said Billy Hunter, NBPA Executive Director. “The NBPA is proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for this initiative, and the renowned organization has been tremendous in helping to make sure these gifts get to the people who need it most.”

Throughout the months of November and December, the NBPA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with the assistance of numerous NBA players, will distribute turkeys to about 15,000 families in NBA cities throughout the country. In the face of a difficult and uncertain economy, the NBPA and its players are proud to expand its holiday outreach to include as many fans and residents of their team cities as possible.

“NBA players recognize – and often can relate to – the hardship and tough times that a large number of people are facing right now. Providing a holiday meal for thousands of families is a beautiful gesture, and one that is especially appropriate during the holidays,” said Derek Fisher, NBPA President and member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity the National Basketball Players Association is affording Boys & Girls Clubs during these tough times,” said Frank Sanchez, Boys & Girls Clubs Vice President of Corporate and Partner Relations. “Club members and their families will be thrilled and thankful for the NBPA's thoughtfulness.”

About The National Basketball Players Association

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is a unique labor institution. As the recognized labor union for all NBA Players, the NBPA has fought to promote the best interests of NBA players both on and off the court for over 40 years. Whether negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, prosecuting a grievance on a player’s behalf, or counseling a player on benefits and educational opportunities, the mission remains the same: to ensure that everything possible is being done to help players maximize their opportunities and achieve their goals, on and off the court. The NBPA urges its players to give back to the community whenever possible. Visit www.nbpa.org for more information. 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has helped kids “BE GREAT,” providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military bases worldwide, providing young people 6 to 18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.