The NBA Cares This Holiday Season
The NBA and it's players care about their communities. Many players have spent this holiday season giving back. Athletes have been blessed with so much in their lives and feel blessed to give back to those who are in need.
The NBA Care program has done great work throughout the United States and internationally.
Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz Care
Deron Williams, through his Point of Hope Foundation, held a dinner for 60 guests (consisting of single mothers and their children) at Flemings Prime Steakhouse in Salt Lake City.
The guests were treated to a steak dinner, mingled with Williams and his wife, and were sent home with presents for the kids and a generous gift card to a local retail store for the moms.
Kyle Korver held a coat drive in November where more than 800 coats were donated to the Salt Lake Community Action Program where the coats were given to children enrolled in the local Head Start Program.
The Utah Jazz players and coach Sloan also visited the Primary Children's Hospital for the 20th year in a row.
Dwight Howard, aka Dr. Giggles, along with other Magic players visited children in the Disney's Children Hospital at the Florida Hospital in Orlando Florida.
Dwight playfully entertained the children, and brought laughs and joy to all who he visited.
Lakers Holiday Party
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers held a Holiday Party for 90 kids from The Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley, Asian Youth Center, Heart of Los Angeles.
The youth were able to have the pictures taken with Kobe and Gasol. The youth received holiday presents such as Laker hats and school supplies.
Jason Terry's Coat Drive
Jason Terry held a coat drive for local homeless shelters. More than 350 coats were collected.
Participants who donated coats received an autograph for Terry. Terry also donated $5,000 to buy additional needed coats.
Cavaliers Hold Toy Drive
The Cavaliers held a Christmas party at Quicken Loans Arena to present toys to children from the West Side Ecumenical Ministry and University Settlement.
Players participating were Ben Wallace, Delonte West, J.J. Hickson, Darnell Jackson, Tarence Kinsey, and Jawad Williams.
Lebron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao, Mo Williams, Wally Szczerbiak, Sasha Pavlovic, Lorenzen Wright, and mascot Moondog visited a local childrens hospital.
Every player of the Denver Nuggets took 36 children from a local elementary school bowling. The children were chosen for starting the year right, including good behavior, solid academics, and a positive attitude in class.
The children enjoyed laughs, high-fives, and taking pictures with the players.
Minnesota's Shopping Spree
The Timberwolves will surprise 25 kids who are in the foster system with a holiday shopping spree at Target. The kids will be invited to watch practice and have lunch.
Following lunch, the children will be paired up with their personal shopper, a Timberwolves player or coach.
The Hawks Toy Drive
The Atlanta Hawks teamed up with Kia Motors, the Marine Corps, and Toys for Tots for a toy drive. The toys will be donated to under privileged children in the Atlanta area.
Fans that donated toys will receive two complimentary tickets to a Hawks game.