MANILA, Philippines – The NBA and the NBA Players Association are donating $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of the organization’s emergency relief efforts in central Philippines, which was devastated by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) last weekend.
Moreover, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra – whose mother hails from San Pablo, Laguna – will appear in a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Public Service Announcement to help raise funds for the relief efforts.
“Yolanda,” one of the strongest typhoons in history, barreled through central Philippines last Friday and left thousands dead in its wake.
“We are incredibly grateful to the NBA and NBPA for their generosity and commitment to helping UNICEF save children’s lives,” Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, said in a statement.
“When a natural disaster strikes, the need to rush supplies to those affected is critical, and both the NBA and the NBPA have consistently sprung to action to support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for more than 10 years.”
According to a report from the Associated Press, the NBA is planning to make another donation to a second organization and is encouraging others to help in the relief efforts.
The NBA played for the first time in the Philippines last October, when the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers played a pre-season game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Information is available at www.unicefusa.org/philippines.