The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation
THE ORLANDO MAGIC YOUTH FUND
The Orlando Magic has been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of disadvantaged and physically challenged youth in our community through its players, staff and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a fund of the McCormick Foundation.
The Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF) is committed to helping every child in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at risk, by supporting programs and partnerships that empower families and change lives.
The Orlando Magic Youth Fund was founded in 1988 and in 1994, became a fund of the McCormick Foundation. It is truly a team effort by Magic players, coaches, staff and the DeVos Family, in partnership with our season ticket holders, corporate sponsors, fans and the community. Since inception, the OMYF has positively impacted more than one million children. Through private donations, fund-raising events and contributions from the Orlando Magic and our ownership group, more than $14 million has been raised and distributed to non-profits that support our mission statement.
The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest charitable organizations, with combined assets of close to $1.5 billion. In 2004 the foundation approved the distribution of more than $109 million to invest in communities, address human needs and promote the ideals of a democratic society through innovative partnerships. The foundation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2005, was first established as a charitable trust upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
The foundation provides assistance in four program areas - communities, education, journalism and citizenship - and funds a special initiatives program. Through its grants, the foundation seeks to improve the social and economic environment; encourage a free and responsible discussion of issues affecting the nation; enhance the effectiveness of American education; and stimulate responsible citizenship. For more information, visit http://www.mccormick.org/.
In addition to receiving a 50 cent on every dollar match from the McCormick Foundation, 100 percent of every donation to OMYF goes back into the community with an even greater impact. It’s a winning combination for everyone!
OMYF fund-raising events and programs include: The Orlando Magic Players Championship for Charity golf tournament, The Black Tie & Tennies Charity Gala, State of Florida Magic License Plate Program, Game Night Silent Auctions and Raffles, and online auctions with the NBA.
If you would like more information about the OMYF, please call 407-916-2641 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ORLANDO MAGIC CHAMPIONSHIP FOR CHARITY
The Orlando Magic Championship is a charity golf tournament benefiting the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF). The annual fall tournament consists of a best-ball scramble at Reunion Resort and Club. Delicious menu items will be served up on the courses during play. All of this adds up to a lot of fun and food for participants, the Magic team and other celebrities.
A Tee-Off party event the night before, allows participants and guests to mix and mingle with Orlando Magic players and celebrities as well as bid in the live auction for exclusive Orlando Magic opportunities.
A post-tournament awards dinner includes an auction for tournament participants and guests. Participants get the opportunity to bid on autographed sports memorabilia, as well as golf and vacation packages. This long-standing event annually raises over $150,000 for the OMYF.
BLACK TIE & TENNIES CHARITY GALA
The annual Black Tie & Tennies Charity Gala is the premier fund-raising event of the OMYF. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and activities in the company of Magic players and coaches. There also are silent and live auctions, photo opportunities with the Magic players and coaches, a special video presentation and a "super sneaks" competition to recognize the most creatively decorated tennies. The gala is a star-studded occasion, which allows members of the community to meet the Magic in an intimate and entertaining evening. This event traditionally raises more than $400,000 annually! As a result, the McCormick Foundation will match the funds raised 50 cents on the dollar to bring the total amount available for grants to more than $500,000 which will be distributed to Central Florida non-profit organizations. For more information, call 407-916-2641.
ORLANDO MAGIC YOUTH FUND 2005-2006 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Adult Literacy League $20,000 BETA Center, Inc. $33,000 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida $20,000 Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Florida (Volusia) $10,000 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay $13,000 Boy Scouts of America $18,000 Canine Companions of Independence $12,500 Center for Drug Free Living $12,000 Central Florida Police Athletic League $26,000 Central Florida YMCA $15,000 Childrens Home Society $40,000 Christian Sharing Center $5,000 Coalition for the Homeless $40,000 Community Coordinated Care of Central Florida $30,000 Crosswinds Youth Services $45,000 Deveraux Foundation of Florida $8,000 Easter Seal Society of Volusia and Flagler Counties $14,000 Epilepsy Association of Central Florida $15,000 ESTEEM for Florida Youth, Inc. $25,000 Foundation for Orange County Public Schools $19,000 Good Shepherd Corporation of Orlando, Inc. $31,000 Justice and Peace $25,000 Kids House of Seminole, Inc. $38,000 Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. $7,000 Life Concepts, Inc. (QUEST) $38,000 LifeLine of Central Florida $25,000 LifeStream Behavioral Center, Inc. $20,000 Lisa Merlin House, Inc. $30,000 MicheLee Puppets, Inc. $12,000 Mustard Seed of Central Florida $20,000 Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. $19,000 (ORHS)Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families $40,000 Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Inc. $8,000 Seminole County Victims Rights Coalition $25,000
Did you know in 2006 the Orlando Magic Youth Fund…
• Helped the Adult Literacy League improve pre-reading skills and literacy awareness among 300 children and families.
• Allowed Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Florida to serve 638 children and 638 volunteers. BBBS Northeast Florida provided services to 115 children.
• Helped cover costs associated with training, housing and matching five families who were on the waiting list with Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs.
• Aided Boy Scouts of America in the Scoutreach program for 8,714 At-Risk youth providing guidance and role models enabling them to recognize and reach their full potential.
• Aided Center for Drug Free Living’s Alpha program serve ~2,500 children and their families with after-school mentoring/tutoring services with an emphasis on math, language and reading.
• Helped Central Florida PAL provide additional staff members to lead recreational activities during after school programs this spring; serving over 50 children each day.
• Provided 148 safe days and nights of care, plus salary of a part time Registered Nurse to care for the children at the Children’s Home Society.
• Helped the Howard Phillips Center provide compassionate community response to the investigation, intervention, advocacy, assessment, and treatment of child sexual and physical abuse, using a multidisciplinary approach that coordinates all services to 23 primary victims of child abuse and 21 families, including the siblings and adult non-offending caretakers of the abused children.
• Aided Kids House to provide support to ~84 clients in cases of alleged child abuse and neglect in a manner that they can act responsible to protect; provide support; meet the basic needs of the alleged child victim; prevent repeat victimization; and new victimization of younger siblings.
• Aided Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center in exposing Play Therapy, a child friendly, community based environment, to 122 physically and/or sexually abused children.
• Enabled Lifeline of Central Florida to provide Suicide Education Presentations to 455 middle and high school students. Additionally allow LLCF to provide 314 units of support group services to youth.
• Enabled MicheLee Puppets to perform its bilingual production Paginas Latinas for 48,000 kindergarten through fifth grade students in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
• Enabled QuestKids to hire an additional therapist allowing them to offer 30 additional direct therapy hours each week.
• Partnered with Safehouse of Seminole to provide more than 160 children with the skills and tools they need to make healthy choices in their lives, develop into well-adjusted adults and prevent the cycle of violence from one generation to the next.
• Provided Kids Café meals for a full year to 28 at-risk children in Orange and Seminole counties in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.
• Funded over 1,000 units of service to 235 at-risk homeless children in the Children’s Residential Services Program through the Coalition for the Homeless.
• Provided financial assistance to nearly 500 low-income children with educational, recreational and social experiences that help them to develop in spirit, mind and body.
• Allowed 4C to receive additional match dollars from the State to serve 122 children in school readiness programs.
• Allowed Crosswinds to significantly improve the lives of more than 500 youths by expanding educational, vocational and cultural arts programs.
• Allowed EACF to launch the “Safety First” program that will provide bicycle helmets and safety education for over 500 children, parents, educators and health care professionals.
• Aided the Foundation for OCPS to provide over $1 million to more than 172,000 students and 12,000 teachers in 170 schools.
• Assisted Sheperd’s Promise to provide a unique continuum of homeless women and an estimated 55 previously homeless children and youth with transitional housing and support services to enable them to move towards independence and self-sufficiency.
• Directly impacted ~1,000 children through the LifeStream Behavioral Center by providing subsidized care and assisting with the development of early learning skills essential to future success in school.
• Aided the Mustard Seed in furnishing 456 Central Florida homes for disadvantaged single females and provided 1,796 children with beds to sleep on.
You too can change a life by partnering with OMYF in making a commitment to the children of Central Florida today; impacting an infinite number of lives and empowering families for a better future tomorrow.
If you would like to make a tax deductible charitable donation, please make your check payable to the Orlando Magic Youth Fund and mail to:
The Orlando Magic Youth Fund 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando, FL 32810
If you have any questions regarding the OMYF, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
ORLANDO MAGIC COMMUNITY RELATIONS
The Orlando Magic’s Community Relations mission statement is “To build meaningful relationships by investing our charitable resources to touch lives and create opportunities to produce positive change in our community.” The Orlando Magic’s Community Relations Department focuses on developing children through education and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Last year alone, Orlando Magic community relations impacted nearly 85,000 youth through player appearances, community partnerships, donated items, mascot and talent appearances and service projects. More than 30,000 tickets reached the hands of youth and families whom might not otherwise see a NBA game and the Magic players log more than 200 community appearances to area schools, organizations and neighborhood centers.
In its continued commitment to the community efforts, the Orlando Magic gave a total of $7.6 million to local education, charities and non-profit organizations between June 2005 and June 2006, while the Magic staff volunteered 750 hours of community service and the players and coaching staff made 250 appearances over that same time frame. Highlights of the past year include: • Donations of 400 autograph items for charity, estimated at $50,000. • Seven of the Magic’s Read to Achieve (RTA) partner schools showed improvement in FCAT scores. In addition, a total of $32,000 was given to improve media centers at local schools. • More than 46,000 books were read through the Magic’s RTA incentive program. • In early May, the Magic donated care packages to over 100 Marines from the Central Florida area stationed in Northern Iraq. • At the last Magic home game of the season, the Magic donated a total of $7,500 to 15 community partners on behalf of select season ticket holders. • A $6.5 million gift to the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate program at the University of Central from Magic Chairman Richard DeVos through the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. • Distributed $30,000 in scholarships to Central Florida high school students. • Raised $346,000 for the Orlando Magic Youth Fund at the Magic’s 2006 Black Tie and Tennies Charity Gala. • More than 30,000 tickets reached the hands of youth and families whom might not otherwise see a NBA game. • Orlando Magic community relations efforts impact an estimated 75,000 children annually through player appearances, community partnerships, donated items, mascot and talent appearances and service projects.
The following are brief capsules of each of the Magic's community programs, partnerships and fund-raising activities.
DeVOS SPORT BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The DeVos Sport Business Management Program, a graduate program in the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, prepares its graduates to Think Beyond The Competition. Funded by a $2.5 million gift and later a $6.5 million gift in 2006 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation and the Orlando Magic with matching funds from the State of Florida, the DeVos Program combines the living laboratory of an extensive network of local, national and international sports organizations and professionals with UCF’s proven commitment to excellence and accent on the individual. The comprehensive curriculum provides a team-based, integrative business approach and global sports network in a hands-on environment. Of particular distinction is the program’s emphasis on diversity and ethics, which produces graduates who are business leaders committed to using the power of sport to improve life in a more inclusive society.
RICH AND HELEN DeVOS COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT AWARD
Magic owners Rich and Helen DeVos established this program to honor an Orlando Magic player who dedicates his efforts beyond the basketball court to enhance the lives of others. In selecting the player each year, the anonymous committee looks at several criteria including the three "A's": Action, Attitude and Atmosphere. Specifically, that means the player's actions off the court are honorable in nature, the player displays a respectable attitude toward those he comes in contact with, and the player shies away from situations that may be negatively perceived and provides a positive environment for others through his actions. Rich and Helen donate $50,000 to the charity of the honored player's choice.
Guard Nick Anderson was named the inaugural winner of the award on March 9, 1996. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway received the ‘97 award for his outstanding community service. Darrell Armstrong, received the award in 1998 for his involvement with the youth at the Orlando Juvenile Detention Center and Southwest Boys & Girls Club. The award recipient for 1999 was Charles “Bo” Outlaw. Bo’s efforts beyond the basketball court enabled him to serve as a major force in such programs as Stay In School, The Water Safety Campaign, Easter Seals and TeamUp Volunteering.
In 2000, Armstrong was the proud recipient of this award for the second time. He played an instrumental role in developing the hopes and lives of youth in the community by challenging them to follow their dreams. Grant Hill received the award in 2001 for his outstanding efforts with literacy, child abuse prevention, the arts and the Heart of Florida United Way. Monty Williams received the award in 2002 for his continual involvement with Frontline Outreach, a local at-risk neighborhood recreation center where he has positively influenced the Orlando youth by sponsoring a summer escape program for more than 100 children. Tracy McGrady received the award in 2003 for his work with Make A Wish Foundation, active involvement in his foundation to help kids at risk, and efforts of kindness and support to sniper victim Iran Brown. In 2004, Pat Garrity received the award for his commitment to improving literacy and his knowledge, understanding and participation in the NBA and local CR programs and activities. The 2005 award winner was Dwight Howard, who consistently volunteered his time off the court and to the Central Florida community supporting the initiatives of the Magic’s Community Relations department, the Orlando Magic Youth Fund and the NBA.
For the second time during his Magic career, Charles “Bo” Outlaw won the award in 2006 for his willingness to do whatever it takes to make his team and community a better place. From giving out turkeys and Thanksgiving meals on behalf of the Darrell Armstrong Foundation to speaking to kids at the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center about his childhood experiences, Bo’s efforts and commitment to Orlando’s youth have proven to be invaluable to this community.
ORLANDO MAGIC READ TO ACHIEVE
This year-round program targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia and Polk counties to help them build a life-long love of reading by providing greater access to books and technology. The Orlando Magic partners with schools each year to refurbish their media centers, donate books, incentive items and motivate children through player appearances, and give each school the opportunity to excel in reading. Our incentive program inspired students to read over 25,000 books during the 05-06 school year and increased their reading scores by an average of 1.8 points according to the STAR testing system.
In the coming season, the Orlando Magic Read to Achieve program is changing shape and will be taking on a new initiative by creating two reading and learning centers in Central Florida. The Orlando Magic strives to make a permanent impact in our community by offering the tools and resources for today’s youth to succeed in education and life. Each reading and learning center will be located in an existing after school program and will include state of the art computers, printers, programs, furniture, incentives, and reading material for all ages.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION
For more than seven years, the Orlando Magic have partnered with the City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. The MLK Commission is comprised of local organizations whose role is to raise funds to help support events and activities that celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. The Orlando Magic has donated more than $20,000 in monetary and in-kind support each year.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
The Orlando Magic honor and celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February. The celebration highlighted the African American Community Network, which is comprised of African American non-profit organizations as well as local artists and musicians. All were invited to each home game throughout the month to distribute literature about their organizations on the concourse. A special on-court recognition of the original Tuskegee Airmen brought our fans to their feet to acknowledge their determination and undying courage for their efforts during World War II.
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION
The Orlando Magic honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the month of October. The Latin Affairs & Community Relations departments host a luxury suite reception for key Hispanic community leaders. Additionally, the Hispanic Community Network, which is comprised of Hispanic non-profit organizations, is invited to distribute literature about their organization on the concourse at each home game. Halftime performers and presentations are also part of the month-long celebration.
SEATS FOR SOLDIERS CELEBRATION
In March, the Orlando Magic hosted the first annual Seats for Soldiers Night. More than 3,000 tickets were donated by Orlando Magic season ticket holders, players, and staff for this night in order to host and honor the soldiers and their families from MacDill Air Force Base, Patrick Air Force Base, Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, and the Orlando Area Army National Guard for their efforts and loyalty to our country. The children participated in pregame activities such as the High Five Line, Kids Tunnel, and the Ball Kid experience while soldiers were highlighted during pregame, halftime, and post game on court recognition.
Each year, the Orlando Magic partners with the Coalition for the Homeless to serve a Thanksgiving meal to more than 800 homeless families. The players, coaches and employees host a carnival with games, clowns and activities for the children after the breakfast. Students from Paul Mitchell the School were on hand to provide free hair cuts to the residents.
The Orlando Magic staff adopts children from the local community organizations or schools and purchases gifts from their wish-list. More than 100 children received a holiday gift and a book in 2005. Orlando Magic players were out in the community to spread some holiday cheer. DeShawn Stevenson visited the Florida Hospital children’s ward to deliver toys and books to the children who would not be home with their families for the holidays. Kelvin Cato rang the bell for Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign at a local Publix. Travis Diener and Terrance Morris participated in the Lift Up America campaign where LensCrafters and Pearl Vision teamed up to offer free eye exam screening and glasses to those less fortunate. Tyson Chicken distributed 36,000lbs. of chicken to families through local agencies. In 2006-07, the Magic will partner with Give Kids the World to share a holiday celebration for the children on the campus.
The Orlando Magic players and coaches participate in two internal autograph sessions during the season. The autographed basketballs, photographs, jerseys, shoes, magazines and other items are donated to local public schools and non-profit organizations to help them raise funds through their silent and live auctions, raffles and other special events. Every year, on average, more than 700 items are distributed with an estimated value of more than $65,000.
MAGIC ACHIEVER SCHOLARSHIP
Each year, one high school senior in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Polk, Lake, Volusia or Hillsborough County is awarded a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year). The Magic Achiever Scholarship can be used at any accredited four-year college in Florida. Since 1996, the Orlando Magic has awarded 14 scholarships worth $54,500.
UCF MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP
This four-year, $20,000 ($5,000 per year) scholarship is awarded to a minority high school senior residing in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Polk, Volusia or Hillsborough County. The recipient must be registered to attend the University of Central Florida during the fall of the upcoming school year. Since 1996, the Orlando Magic has awarded 13 scholarships worth $195,000.
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Partners in Education is a collaboration of business, community and education organizations that enrich the educational experience of students. As a year-round effort between the Orlando Magic and its partner schools, the program is designed to impact the school as a whole— as well as each individual student. Each partnership is designed to specifically meet the needs of partner schools. Elements of the program include, school visits by Magic staff and talent, tickets to games and autographed memorabilia.
MAGIC VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (MVP)
During the 2005-06 school year, the Orlando Magic employees adopted Hungerford Elementary and English Estates (MVP En Espanol) as their partner schools and dedicated the majority of their time and resources to help these students develop a love of reading. The Magic provided mentors to assist the students in improving their reading skills and they donated more than 450 books and other incentive items such as back-packs, pocket folders, pencils, books and game tickets. The program has proven to be beneficial not only for the students but also for the mentors who participate. Nearly 50 mentors logged more than 250 volunteer hours for 05-06. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, on average, an adult who volunteers spends 52 hours per year volunteering and the current estimated dollar value of a volunteer hour is $18.04, according to the Independent Sector (www.independentsector.org), which brings our volunteering total to $4,510 to Hungerford Elementary and English Estates alone. More importantly, 94% of the students tested that were mentored by the Orlando Magic staff improved their reading level scores. Overall, the Magic employees donated more than 500 volunteer hours back into the community.
The Magic players strive to be involved in the Central Florida community and are committed to making a difference in the lives of the youth. Several players invite groups of at-risk children to every home Magic game. Last season, the groups were as follows:
- TD Waterhouse with Together Doing Wonders - Nuestra Tienda Wireless with D. Steve Dunkers - Wayne Densch Charities with Steve Francis Foundation All-Stars - El Nuevo Dia with Bob’s Buddies - Grant Hill with Hilltopper - Del Air Heating and Cooling with Garrity’s Gang - Nicholson Homes with Dwight’s Disciples - Pepsi-Cola with Jameer’s Jungle - El Nuevo Dia Orlando with T Mo’s Troops - Wireless Outlet with Dooling’s Den - Wayne Densch Charities with Bo’s Lil’ Outlaws - Central Florida Toyota with Battie’s Blue Collar Ballarz - Banco Popular with GM’s Future Draft Picks - Rumba 100.3FM with Arroyo’s Rumberos
SHARE THE MAGIC PROGRAM
Season ticket holders can donate their unused game tickets to charitable youth organizations by going through the Magic Community Relations Department. By doing this, the season ticket holders can make a difference in the lives of many youth in the Central Florida area.
Ticket donations can be accepted up to four hours before game time and are tax-deductible. For more information, please call 407-89-MAGIC and press “3”.
Junior Magic is a youth basketball league for boys and girls organized in conjunction with existing youth recreation organizations in Brevard, Hillsborough, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk, Volusia and Pinellas Counties. Each Junior Magic player will receive an official Junior Magic jersey, poster and certificate, along with other educational items provided by the Jr. NBA and WNBA.
Information about Junior Magic can be found at participating partners, the Magic offices, by calling 407-916-2680 or by clicking on the ‘Community’ link found on orlandomagic.com. Junior Magic is presented by Gatorade.
JUNIOR MAGIC DANCE CAMP
This annual camp is a wonderful opportunity for boys and girls ages six through 17 to learn dance routines taught by the NBA's best - The Orlando Magic Dancers. The camp includes the demonstration and application of fundamental dance skills in jazz, novelty, and hip-hop. Each camp participant receives an autographed photo of the Magic Dancers, a camp T-shirt, and the opportunity to perform one of the dance routines learned at an Orlando Magic Game. The annual camp is held each fall, but other clinics are held throughout the year. Private clinics are also available at your dance studio or school. For more information, pricing, and scheduled dates please call 407-916-2675 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORLANDO MAGIC STATE DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The State Dance Championship provides your dance studio, Jr. High School, or High School Dance Team the opportunity to "strut your stuff" and win the right to perform at pre-game or halftime of an Orlando Magic Game. There are several categories for competition and ages 5-18 are welcome. Each competition participant receives an autographed photo of the Magic Dancers and a competition T-shirt. Trophies are awarded to the top three teams in each category. The annual dance competition is held each spring. For more information, pricing, and scheduled competition date please call 407-916-2675 or e-mail email@example.com.
ORLANDO MAGIC BASKETBALL CAMP
The Magic basketball camps, comprised of enthusiastic young boys and girls from grades one through 12, encourages area youth to participate in this athletic and educational experience. A total of twelve week-long camps were held this past summer.
June, July and August plays host to nearly 1,000 basketball-hungry kids. Campers receive motivational messages from professional players and coaches, designed to focus on the importance of staying in school. Camp T-shirts, awards, basketball instruction books, certificates of achievement and trophies are a number of items campers can earn while participating in activities.
In addition to the summer program, a special parent/child overnight camp is held during the spring. As the calendar permits, camps are also held during holidays and spring breaks.
Over the past five years, the Magic has expanded its camps to encompass sites outside of the Orlando area. In addition to Orlando, camps are held in Tampa and St. Petersburg each summer. Camp information can be obtained by calling 407-916-2680 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Camps are presented by Gatorade and Kane’s Furniture.
NBA Cares is the league's global community outreach initiative that addresses important social issues with an emphasis on programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. The NBA, its teams and players implement and execute programs that impact and inspire children and families worldwide.
NBA Cares also reaches more than two million players, coaches, parents and officials from around the world participating from 1,600 recreational youth basketball leagues in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program, stressing the fundamentals of the game and the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and leading an active, healthy and safe lifestyle.
Basketball without Borders, a basketball instructional camp for young people that promotes friendship, healthy living and education with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, features current and former NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches. Since the inaugural camp in 2001, BWB has been held in eight countries and territories on five continents and has featured more than 160 NBA players, coaches and team personnel from 30 different teams for the nearly 1,000 young athletes from more than 100 different countries and territories.
As the world’s greatest athletes, NBA players are dedicated to the community and committed to giving back in extraordinary ways. Through their foundations, camp efforts and philanthropic work, they make a difference for hundreds of non-profit and youth serving organizations.
The NBA also supports numerous causes and organizations that positively impact global communities. Make-A-Wish, UNICEF, KaBOOM!, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Hands On Network, Special Olympics, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and the World Food Programme are just a few of the organizations with which the NBA has a partnership.