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Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 1:17 pm  |  15 responses

NBA Stars Donating to Japan Relief Fund


Talk about giving back. Direct Relief International, one of the world’s leading medical relief organizations, announced yesterday that twenty NBA players have committed to supporting the organization in their effort to help the people of Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11.  Some are donating $1,000 for every point they score this weekend, and others are supporting with an undisclosed amount. For more information on the donation schedule and participants, visit the press release:

Many of the players are donating $1,000.00 for every point they score in their respective games occurring March 25-27th including LaMarcus AldridgeMarc GasolPau GasolAl Horford, JaVale McGeeDerrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. Others have committed to a set donation including DJ Augustin, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Mike Dunleavy Jr.Tyreke EvansDanilo Gallinari, Xavier HenryAntawn JamisonJason KaponoQuincy PondexterBrian ScalabrineEtan Thomas, and Ben Wallace.

The donations will go to Direct Relief’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund. Formed with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the Fund supports the immediate health needs of people by working with local authorities best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for the long-term recovery.

“We are incredibly proud that our athletes have rallied together to assist with Direct Relief’s efforts in Japan,” said Arn Tellem, principal of the management division of leading sports marketing and management agency, Wasserman Media Group, that represents the athletes. “Due to the gravity of the situation, we hope that citizens around the world consider following the example of our athletes by making a donation of any amount to an organization of their choice assisting in the Japanese relief efforts.”

Direct Relief has already provided emergency funds for the provision of emergency materials for thousands of displaced persons in 20 facilities throughout Miyagi prefecture, with special attention being paid to the needs of persons with disabilities and elderly persons.

“Direct Relief responds to emergencies all around the world, including the U.S., and the scale of the tragedy in Japan is immense by any measure,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief International. “These world-class NBA athletes are showing world-class generosity to support people in Japan who need help now and will still need it as the headlines fade. We hope they light up scoreboards this weekend.”

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  • slamfan4life

    Drose goin for 50 tonight

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Here is an idea; just donate some money and don’t base your donations on how well you play.

  • http://nba.com EJ

    SCAL!!!!

  • Remo Williams

    @Orange: The players donating per point are gonna be donating anywhere from 10-20 guaranteed. So thats 10-20k donations from each of those players.

    Its not like theyre being cheap, if anything they’re more than likely going to donate more than they would have if they had a set donation.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    This is great. Hopefully all those guys have big scoring nights. I’m glad Ben Wallace is just making a donation, rather than going with the donate by points scored initiative.

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Lol @ AllBall

    Its nice to see players contributing to the efforts, especially players like McGee who are not making the big bucks(by NBA standards of course)

  • S_kemp

    These guys may be earning millions every year but they chose to do this and they sure as hell didnt have to- I think this is fantastic and an indication that a large % of these NBA guys are actually good people (while 15% are maybe not so good just like society as a whole)

  • http://www.freerice.com freerice

    agree with remo and kemp

    these people dont have to donate money, they chose to. wth iamorange4ever, i dont see you donating

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ IAMORANGE: Buddy, it’s called promotion. They’re garnering a lot of attention/awareness and promoting the act of donating to people who might not have been very interested in the first place.

  • http://slamonline.com GlobeTrotter

    I’d be even happier if the NBA decides to hold a game or two in Japan next season as a fundraiser. I haven’t run away from Tokyo (unlike almost every other foreigner I know here!), so I’ll be sitting in the front row if it happens!!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^GlobeTrotter..
    that would be a very compassionate thing for the nba to do, n it would be terrific
    ^IAMORANGE4EVER..
    dude if they are givin money then wth does it matter what they base it on? who the hell are you to be upset about anything? gtfoh

  • dannyb

    Ironically, Scal’s going to light up for 30 points this weekend

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Teddy-the-Bear: I’m quite sure if players just decided to donate a “game check” there would still be the same amount of attention/awareness brought by the NBA to helping Japan with donations during their time of need. The difference is, if someone who’s donating plays a real stinker of a game the amount of their donation doesn’t change. Still, major kudos to anyone donating . . . At the end of the day I think it’s GLORIOUS that NBA players are helping Japan out during their time of need.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @freerice: So…you don’t “see” me donating? smhlol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    c_cantrell: Child please.

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