Message from Commissioner Stern
At the NBA, we know that there is more to basketball than what happens on the court, and some of our league’s most significant efforts occur in schools, hospitals, and community centers. Our commitment is driven by the understanding that we have a special responsibility to give back to our local communities and those around the world. All of us who are a part of the NBA know the difference we can make in the lives of others, and our players take great pride in leading that effort.

As part of the league’s mission to demonstrate leadership in social responsibility, NBA Cares reaches communities through philanthropy, hands-on service, and legacy projects. Since the inception of NBA Cares in October 2005, the NBA family has contributed more than 1.4 million hours of hands-on service, raised more than $145 million for charity, and created more than 525 places where children and families can live, learn, or play.

Thanks to strong partnerships with internationally-recognized community organizations, we are proud to support a wide array of initiatives, including programs and campaigns that focus on education and literacy, youth and family development, and health and wellness. NBA Cares reaches millions of children and adults through special programs like NBA FIT and Basketball without Borders. The league and its teams and players also promote environmental awareness and sustainability through NBA Green. And, during high-profile league events like NBA All-Star and The Finals, the community outreach efforts use the power of sport to effect positive social change in our host city.

Meanwhile, NBA teams maintain a range of creative programs to give back to their local communities. Our players continue to address issues close to their hearts, including assisting underprivileged children, supporting communities where they were raised, and aiding health-related causes. These concerted efforts generate awareness and raise funds for important social issues, providing opportunities for a better life in communities worldwide.

We understand that our game is just the beginning of our opportunity to help. We hope you take the time to learn more about NBA Cares and, more importantly, are inspired to join us in making a difference. Learn more about how you can get involved with NBA Cares or assist one of the many worthwhile organizations with which we partner.

David J. Stern
NBA Commissioner

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Derrick Rose - Guard
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