NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service Slated for Friday; Several Other Events Planned This Week

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In the run up to this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service will take place this Friday. Members of the NBA Family, including current and former players, business and media partners, and guests will roll up their sleeves and participate in an afternoon of hands-on service, refurbishing places where kids and families can live, learn or play in the Phoenix community.

The Caravan: In addition, the NBA Cares Community Caravan is holding events during All-Star week throughout Phoenix. Among these events are visits to local elementary schools and hospitals; basketball clinics with the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA , the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and Special Olympics and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, featuring 3,500 Phoenix students who are being honored for their achievements.

Chef’s Special: NBA Cares & Cooks tips off for the first time at NBA All-Star on Saturday at the Phoenix Convention Center. The new All-Star event, which benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Waste Not, Feed the Children and Share our Strength, is an effort in the drive to end hunger (NBA).

It’s Always About Giving Back: In a recent Q&A with the NBA.com’s John Hareas, Hall of Famer Bob Lanier said of All-Star Weekend, “On the community side, it’s always about giving back. There will be a day of service. We will be refurbishing homes on the South Side for needy families. We will also be all around the Valley for basketball skills developments for the Boys and Girls Clubs.

“One of our biggest initiatives that week is the Legacy event at Caesar Chavez Elementary School. The event will have a long-term impact because we will be donating books and computers, the tools kids need to succeed in life. Long after NBA All-Star is over, kids will still be able to tap into these invaluable resources. To me, that is what NBA All-Star is all about” (John Hareas, NBA.com, 1/7). Read Hareas’ entire Q&A with Lanier from NBA.com