Milwaukee Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon may be focused on the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but that doesn’t mean he’s putting everything else on the sidelines. In fact, he’s making the most of the heightened media exposure of the NBA Playoffs to bring awareness to a cause close to his heart — his Hoops₂0 initiative…Read More
NBA superstar Kevin Durant is best known for leading the Golden State Warriors dynasty, and previously for his domination with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, his philanthropy off the court will arguably leave the most lasting impact. A prime example is the Durant Center, an educational facility he recently helped open in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland…
When the Brooklyn Nets faced the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on April 7, Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie was wearing an extra special pair of sneakers. Designed by Dinwiddie himself through his K8iros sneaker brand recently launched in partnership with Project Dream, Dinwiddie’s Nipsey Hussle tribute sneakers paid respects to the Los Angeles-based rapper and community activist gunned down on March 31.Read More
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris is already paying it forward in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection just weeks after his February trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. On March 21, Harris held a Women’s History Month empowerment event for 40 middle school girls at the Shepard Recreation Center in West Philadelphia.
Partnering on his “Game Changers: Women in Sports, Tech & Literacy” event with Team Up Philly, an organization that provides sports and enrichment programs for local girls, Harris led a panel of women accomplished in various roles and industries in discussions related to academic success, mentorship, and resiliency.
“I’m excited because I’m up here with some phenomenal women that are here to just talk to you guys to inspire you to continue to grow in whatever career you guys want to grow in,” stated Harris as he introduced the panelists to the girls. “You guys [attendees] are the leaders. Really understand that confidence you have and bring it about and not be afraid of it.”
Featured panelists were:
Maya Francis, West Philadelphia native and writer, editor and contributor for various national media outlets
Kiera Smalls, West Philadelphia native and executive director at Philly Startup Leaders, an organization that supports emerging entrepreneurs
Serena Winters, 76ers reporter for NBC Sports Philadelphia
Ivana Seric, data scientist for the Philadelphia 76ers
In addition to the insight and inspiration the girls received at the event, attendees left with tangible takeaways too. Harris generously gifted each girl with the book “Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History” by Molly Schiot. He also provided the girls with special drawstring backpacks.
Philadelphia may be new to Harris, but philanthropy is not. Among other charitable endeavors, Harris hosts his School of Business Basketball Camp ever summer for about 100 underserved youth in his hometown of Long Island, New York. Free of charge and held at the state-of-the-art Yes We Can Community Center, the camp aims to prepare youth for futures beyond basketball.
Now in his eighth NBA season, the former Tennessee Volunteer and first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft is continuing to do his part to educate and empower underserved youth to see past what the world so often tells them is impossible.
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Frederick K.C. Price III Christian Schools in South Los Angeles honored alumnus and Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe during a ceremony on March 20 for his six-figure donation last summer to save the school from financial demise. Fittingly, Price paid tribute to Crabbe by naming their basketball court in his honor…Read More
On March 2, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar partnered with Goldin Auctions to sell memorabilia and other items from his NBA Hall of Fame career, including his championship rings and MVP and All-Star trophies. Raking in nearly $3 million from the auction, Abdul-Jabbar is donating most of the proceeds to his Skyhook Foundation, a charity he established in 2009 to provide children in economically challenged communities with educational opportunities based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics…Read More
Last night, LeBron James became the fourth highest scoring NBA player of all-time, passing none other than Michael Jordan. Tonight, we honor him by highlighting four of the innumerable ways he is leaving an extraordinary legacy off the court too.
Last month during NBA All-Star Weekend, James and the LeBron James Family Foundation brought 23 students from the foundation’s 330 Ambassador program to Charlotte for its annual weekend of community service and career development. In addition to enjoying All-Star Weekend festivities and visiting with James, the students received career advice from the Carolina Panthers and spent time volunteering at Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that donates shoes to those in need.
This past October, James received the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award and a $10,000 grant from the NBA towards his foundation. The NBA honored James with the award for the opening of his I Promise School last summer in Akron, OH, for over 240 third and fourth grade students. The public elementary school also includes a Family Resource Center that provides job and legal support, GED classes, a food pantry and other services for parents and family members of students.
With all the fanfare surrounding James’ I Promise School, some may have forgotten the $42 million worth of scholarships he pledged to the University of Akron in 2015. His gift will help cover the cost of four-year college degrees for approximately 1,000 local students from his foundation’s I Promise program. In addition to opening the school and granting scholarships, LeBron has also donated many millions over the years to other education and youth development organizations around the country, including After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Right Moves for Youth.
In 2016, James and his business partner Maverick Carter donated $2.5 million to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. They were joined by numerous other athlete and celebrity donors, including Michael Jordan who donated $5 million. James and Carter’s gift went towards the museum’s “Muhammad Ali: A Force For Change” exhibit, which celebrated Ali’s legacy and efforts to fight social injustice — something James has become increasingly active in over the years too.
From James’ NMAAHC donation to his variety of media productions, including “Shut Up and Dribble,” a three-part docu-series that explores the role of athletes as social activists, and “Kneading Dough,” a video series that seeks to normalize conversations around personal finance, James recognizes the importance of not just giving to underserved communities but also empowering them.
LeBron James, fourth all-time scorer in the NBA, is the definition of what it means to be (much) more than an athlete.
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In honor of Black History Month, NBA teams partnered with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) to encourage athletes, fans, students and law enforcement officers to become “Champions of Change” this past month. Teams around the league partnered with RISE to host a variety of initiatives to celebrate unity and equality and educate people of all ages and backgrounds on ways they can fight social injustice and increase harmony in their communities…Read More
The Family Over Everything Foundation, established by NBA stars Marcus and Markieff Morris and their family, treated six single mothers facing hardship to a day of pampering at the organization’s second annual “All-Star Treatment for All-Star Moms” event on February 15 during NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte…Read More
If you’re a Phoenix Suns fan, enduring the rebuild since the departure of Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire is undoubtedly frustrating. Fortunately though, there is one bright spot to Suns fandom (pun very much intended). His name is Devin Booker. Everyone knows he gets buckets — like 70 point game at 20 years old type of buckets. Booker is one of the best faces any NBA franchise has to offer. However, his greatness comprises more than just his game on the court…Read More
For nearly two decades, former NBA star Jamaal Magloire has been quietly transforming the lives of youth in his native Toronto community. The first Canadian to play for the Toronto Raptors, Magloire signed with the team in 2011, returning home for his final season in the NBA after stints with several other teams during his 12-year career…Read More
The new year can be a time of change for many people — gym resolutions, learning new skills or finally reading that book you promised to finish this time last year. The NBA, however, is staying the course in 2019 with its ongoing mission to support positive youth development and other initiatives in communities across the globe…Read More
For some, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. For others, they serve as painful reminders of lost loved ones and overwhelming financial burdens, particularly for parents with young children. For many families, helping children experience the magic of the season would be impossible without the generosity and compassion of those willing and able to share their resources…Read More
As Christmas and other holiday celebrations quickly approach, everyone is squeezing in their last minute shopping. However, while this time of year can be a joyous occasion for those of financial means, it often places a major strain on those with tight budgets. That’s why the NBA is working to touch as many lower income communities as possible this holiday season...Read More
In his short time in the NBA, Phoenix Suns rookie Mikal Bridges is already making a powerful impact. The sharpshooting 22-year-old continues to help a struggling offense that has sorely needed a player like him for years. Bridges is already standing out as a steady contributor off the court too…Read More
Aaron Gordon is finally getting a chance to live the NBA dream to its fullest. The Orlando Magic forward is in the middle of the best season of his career, on a team contending for the playoffs no less. He also made his movie star debut this past offseason, appearing as an antagonist in the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew.” And, perhaps most importantly, he’s getting a chance to give back to the community.Read More
On November 27, the Anthem Foundation announced a slam-dunk partnership with Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo. The foundation named Oladipo as its newest Anthem Health Champion in recognition of his efforts to bring awareness to the health issues facing surrounding communities and to promote healthy lifestyles among individuals and families.Read More
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo is quickly making a name for himself in the NBA. Born Edrice Femi Adebayo, the 2016 McDonald’s All-American earned his nickname as a toddler when his mother began calling him Bam after he flipped over a table while watching the Flintstones. The name has not only become relevant to his powerful presence on the basketball court but also to the social impact he is already making in his NBA team city.Read More
Many know Italy as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and by extension, much of Western culture. It also happens to be home to NBA veteran Danilo Gallinari. The swingman, who hails from Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, came to the U.S. in 2008 to play in the NBA after four years of professional basketball in his home country. As he carved out a solid role for himself in the NBA, he also began turning his attention to philanthropy.Read More