Thunder, NBA Cares Support Haiti Relief Efforts

Oklahoma City, Monday, January 14, 2010 – The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today its plans to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts and bring much-needed emergency assistance to the victims. Working in conjunction with NBA Cares and the Miami Heat, the Thunder encourages all fans in attendance at Saturday's home game against the Heat to make a monetary donation at various donation tables which will be located throughout the Ford Center. The Thunder Girls will be at each location to accept donations. The Thunder Community Foundation will make the first contribution on Saturday. All donations will benefit the Haiti Relief Fund, set up by UNICEF, a long-time partner of the NBA.

"We are all saddened to see the massive destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti," said Thunder Vice President of Community Relations Dan Mahoney. "With Miami’s large Haitian population, we wanted to use this game as an opportunity to partner with the Heat as members of the NBA family. It’s a chance for our fans to help the victims of this disaster and join the NBA family in supporting the relief efforts."

In addition, the team will host a raffle for a team autographed basketball at Saturday’s game. Fans can purchase a raffle ticket for only $5 outside Section 101.

Funds raised on Saturday will go to UNICEF to help provide safe water, temporary shelter systems and essential medical supplies, as well as additional services to the victims. Thunder fans not attending the game who wish to contribute can visit to donate online.