NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2019 – As part of NBA All-Star 2019, members of the NBA family will work alongside local community organizations to support tens of thousands of children, families and people in need across Charlotte through a series of grassroots programs and events. Using the game of basketball to bring people together and empower the city’s next generation of leaders, the week’s hands-on service projects, basketball clinics and games, community forums, and physical and mental wellness events will begin Wednesday, Feb. 13.
NBA All-Stars, MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, and NBA and WNBA players and legends will participate in more than 35 events, including NBA All-Star FIT Celebration, NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, Jr. NBA Day and the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified® Basketball Game. Guided by leading organizations like Time Out Youth Center, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), KultureCity, Discovery Education, Positive Coaching Alliance and Athlete Ally, these efforts are structured to teach values and fundamentals of the game, create spaces for open and honest dialogue, and build lasting support systems and mentorship opportunities for young people of all ages.
“NBA All-Star allows us to provide resources and support to uplift communities, ultimately creating a more equitable future long after the game concludes,” said Todd Jacobson, NBA Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility. “These organizations, local leaders and the Charlotte Hornets have championed values central to our game like teamwork, selflessness, belonging and mutual respect, and we’re thrilled to work together in service of youth and families throughout Charlotte.”
As previously announced, Team LeBron and Team Giannis have selected Right Moves for Youth and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina as the Charlotte-based organizations they will play for during the NBA All-Star Game, respectively. Both organizations will attend NBA All-Star Practice presented by AT&T, the NBA All-Star Game and participate in a special in-arena experience. The winning team will donate $350,000 and the losing team will donate $150,000 to their selected organizations.