Posted By: Christian Marin
The NBA Cares All-Star Community Caravan is set to tip off on Wednesday, February 13, with a visit to pediatric patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital led by NBA and WNBA players and legends. During the five-day Community Caravan, NBA All-Stars, NBA and WNBA players and legends, and NBA Development League players will team up with partners and guests on more than 30 hands-on service projects and activities that are designed to support those in need throughout Houston.
The Community Caravan will continue on Thursday, February 14, with events at two Houston elementary schools, featuring educational and fitness-related activities and donations to help students achieve academic success. That evening, the NBA FIT All-Star Youth Celebration presented by ExxonMobil, with participation by 500 youths from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and Houston Parks and Recreation, will take place following the tip-off of NBA All-Star Jam Session.
Additional Community Caravan events at Jam Session include NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game, with support from The Coca-Cola Company; Dribble to Stop Diabetes clinics in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and Sanofi US; the 15th annual NBA / WNBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic; a Special Olympics basketball clinic; and a wheelchair basketball clinic.
For the sixth straight year, the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service will highlight the Community Caravan. More than 1,500 members of the NBA family, including this year’s All-Stars, will join the Houston Food Bank, KaBOOM!, Rebuilding Together and Share Our Strength, along with adidas, Kia, Reliant, SAP, and State Farm to support families in need throughout Houston as part of the Day of Service on Friday, February 15.
Also happening this weekend, four children from Make-A-Wish and their families will be treated to an unforgettable experience, including one-on-one time with this year’s All-Stars. In addition, as part of the NBA Coaches for Kids program, 30 children from Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston will attend both All-Star teams’ practices and will get a chance to have a meet-and-greet with one of the All-Star coaches.
As part of the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops program, the league will also provide continued support of the military by hosting more than 1,000 service men and women at several NBA All-Star events throughout the weekend. Aside from this, a portion of the NBA All-Star FIT Run, Walk & Dribble ticket sales, with support from Reliant, will benefit the USO.
NBA Cares continues to change the lives of many. Each year they manage to top what they did the previous year and they don’t plan on slowing down. They will continue to grow year after year; just like they continue to help the smiles grow on children’s faces all around the world.