NBA stars to visit Yolanda-hit areas in Cebu


Posted at Sep 09 2014 02:58 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2014 10:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines – NBA players Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers will visit Northern Cebu on September 12 to help communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda, the NBA and World Vision Philippines announced.

Lopez and Matthews will be accompanied by former San Antonio Spur and former NBA Coach of the Year Avery Johnson.

Lopez, Matthews, and Johnson will support the NBA's ongoing commitment to help children and families affected by Typhoon Yolanda, and will visit communities like Compostela Municipality. They will also conduct basketball clinics for local children.

"Typhoon Yolanda caused sweeping destruction on a national scale, and those who were most impacted are still coping with its devastation months after," said Carlo Singson, NBA Country Manager for the Philippines, in a statement.

"The residents in Northern Cebu are on such group, and we support World Vision Philippines' tireless efforts to help the city and its communities rebuild," he added.

"We hope our visit will help lift the spirits of the people of Northern Cebu as the city continues its road to recovery."

"We are happy to host the upcoming visit of Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and Avery Johnson to Cebu," said Josaias T. dela Cruz, executive director of the World Vision Development Foundation.

"Our community partners, especially the basketball-loving children, will be delighted to meet with the NBA players in what we trust will be a fun and meaningful exchange for both the NBA visitors and the local community," dela Cruz added.

The NBA has contributed more than $2.2 million in support of Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts, including a $250,000 donation to World Vision in November by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.

The Los Angeles Lakers also contributed $150,000 that was accepted by the Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars when they visited LA as part of their NBA Experience trip last November 2013.

Meanwhile, NBA legend Derrick Alston and WNBA legend Allison Feaster visited Leyte and Cebu City last August to donate books and basketballs, and participated in school construction and tree-planting activities.