Commitment to Service
In collaboration with the Department of Defense, the NBA continues the Commitment to Service initiative that focuses on four pillars: leadership, transition, community and health. Teams and their current and former players are partnering with the USO, local installations and a variety of military and veteran-serving organizations for several activities, including leadership seminars, community service events and basketball-focused fitness activities for active and retired service members and their families.
BOSTON CELTICS Working in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Coach Brad Stevens and his family will host their 2nd annual Thanksgiving Meal distribution, working alongside members of the military to distribute meals to those in need in the Boston community.
BROOKLYN NETS In honor of Veterans Day and to tip off Hoops for Troops Week, the Brooklyn Nets will work alongside league executives and senior leadership from the Department of Defense. military personal, NBA employees, NBA legends and PlayStation executives to support City Harvest and the fight to end hunger in New York City. A large group of the volunteers will have the opportunity to sort and repack food donations while a smaller group of volunteers will be distributing City Harvest food donations directly to those in need.
The Denver Nuggets will be honoring members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in arena with recipients ranging from World War II to the Gulf War.
The Detroit Pistons, Palace Sports & Entertainment and members of the military are working together to host their fifth annual Thanksgiving Dinner for over 750 deserving people.
As part of the GrizzFit Kids Boot Camp Core 4 Combine, members of the Memphis Grizzlies and military personnel will assist the youth in a variety of fitness activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Working in partnership with Rebuilding Together, members of the Miami HEAT will work alongside military members to help rebuild two homes of local veterans.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans will join with members of the military to read and engage youth at a local elementary school.
The Orlando Magic will work alongside military members to pack over 200 care packages which will benefit homeless students and families.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Members of the Portland Trail Blazers will work alongside military members to create cards that will be included in meal delivery for homebound seniors to help brighten their day.
The Sacramento Kings are working with a group of photojournalists from Travis Air Force Base. The photojournalists will team up with Kings photographers to take holiday photos for local low-income families invited to the arena for that night's game.
The Utah Jazz and local military personnel will join together to sort food donations and serve meals to those in need in the Utah.
Members of the military and the Washington Wizards will work together to pack “Breakfast-To-Go” meal kits which will be distributed to those in need in local shelters.