NBA Celebrates MLK Day

NBA Cares and HandsOn Network partnered to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 17) in an effort to engage and mobilize more than 100,000 volunteers in 1,500 projects across the country. January 17, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This year, NBA Cares and HandsOn worked together to encourage Americans to spend time volunteering in their communities to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, please log on to HandsOnNetwork.org.



Here are highlights of NBA team activities to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

  • The Memphis Grizzlies conducted its Day of Service on Friday, January 14, where players assisted in unloading nearly 1,600 boxes of food from Feed the Children and helped deliver the boxes of food to cars.
  • The New Jersey Nets staff participated in a MLK Day of Service project that enabled them to impact education, hunger/homelessness, seniors, community development, revitalization, environment, and economic recovery.
  • On Sunday, January 16, 2011, NBA Cares Ambassador Dikembe Mutumbo joined The Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and other notables at a small Sunday Supper at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Sunday Supper engaged the nation in service, dialogue and reflection to honor the memory of Dr. King and build upon his foundational work in developing diverse and strong communities.
  • San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair, guard Gary Neal and head coach Gregg Popovich teamed up with students from Bonham Academy’s Dual Language Program to help restore the school’s garden as part of City Year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
  • The Washington Wizards hosted "We Are Dreamers," a one hour interactive panel discussion with thirty aspiring youth; talking about their dreams with local professionals from various backgrounds, journalists, doctors, politicians, service workers, and athletes. Bob Dandridge | Phil Chenier
  • Orlando Magic staff members promoted President Obama’s national call of service by participating in the City of Orlando’s Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights community service project.
  • The Chicago Bulls' Ronnie Brewer, Bob Love and Sidney Green visited local children on January 10 at the North Suburban YMCA to watch a video showcasing Dr. King's legacy on the civil rights movement and discussed the importance of Dr. King's life.
  • Teams reflected on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Blazers | Cavaliers | Hawks | Grizzlies | Kings | Nets | Nuggets
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