Around the NBA: Adonal Foyle Celebrates His Birthday By Launching March Fundraiser

Adonal Foyle takes the lead. It’s his birthday, of course he gets the top. But after the jump, there are notes on Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah.

Kerosene Lamp Foundation

Adonal Foyle: One of the most philanthropic players in the NBA is celebrating a birthday this week. The Orlando Magic’s Adonal Foyle starts a new year on March 9, and to celebrate, his Kerosene Lamp Foundation is launching its March $10K Campaign. The funds will go towards making Foyle’s Athletics & Academics Camps a reality for 1000 children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this summer.

These camps use basketball as a catalyst to encourage youths to take ownership of their health and education. The camps, open to youth ages 5-17, go beyond teaching basketball skills, to also address the areas of health (HIV/AIDS and nutrition), social skills, and education (with a focus on literacy). There are five ways you can contribute to the March $10K Campaign, and you have to go here to find out (Kerosene Lamp Foundation).

Steve Nash Foundation

Steve Nash: In Canada, Ian Walker reported that Phoenix Suns G Steve Nash “will be hosting a charity soccer game in downtown Vancouver” on September 19 to raise awareness and funds for the Steve Nash Foundation.

Nash: “We’re trying to bring the world’s best athletes to the street, a really grassroots level, where the fans can reach out and touch them” (Ian Walker, Canada.com, 3/5).

Dwight Howard: Orlando Magic C Dwight Howard has been named the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for January. Yes, January. Progress Avenue let one slip through the crack.

Howard, who picked up the award in late February, was honored following his recent support of the newly created Parramore Kidz Zone Teen Shack in Orlando. Howard donated $25,000 to assist in the Teen Shack renovation and later participated in the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. The Teen Shack will provide a safe haven for local teens and features a library, technology area, game room, photography lab, and music room.
Howard: “Whenever I get the opportunity to do something to help others, I run to it. It means a great deal for me to see young people smile and know that I’ve been able to make a positive impact on their lives” (NBA).

Joakim Noah: Chicago Bulls F Joakim Noah teamed up with For the Good of the Neighborhood to host the first-ever President’s Week Basketball Tournament in Astoria, N.Y., last month. Noah, a New York native, was a member of this program as a child. The President’s Week Basketball Tournament hosted athletes ages 14 and under from the tri-state area (NBA).