Just days away from Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, the NBA Cares Season of Giving tips off today. Throughout November and December the NBA, NBA Development teams and players will host more than 375 charitable events. Many teams are hosting events in their communities this week to give families in need the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Today, the Celtics, Lakers, Thunder, Kings and Wizards are all hosting events. The complete list is below.
- Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry is providing Thanksgiving meals to 100 families at the Shelburne Community Center.
- The Los Angeles Lakers, led by Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, are serving Thanksgiving dinner to mentoring pairs from Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in Torrance.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder is hosting a holiday carnival for families at the City Rescue Mission.
- Sacramento Kings players are helping cook and serve a complete Thanksgiving dinner to 500 individuals at the Trinity Life Center.
- Washington Wizards are hosting the “Food 4 Families” drive at the Verizon Center. Throughout the day, staff, front office executives, players, coaches and wives are collecting canned goods and monetary donations from fans.
- The entire Atlanta Hawks team, coaching staff and executives will join United Way to serve a Thanksgiving meal to 300 individuals at Clarkston Community Center.
- Charlotte Bobcats players will distribute 1,000 meals to families in need from the Cats Care Mobile Pantry at the Time Warner Arena and will host a special Thanksgiving dinner at a local bowling alley for 200 families from “A Child’s Place.”
- Cleveland Cavaliers players will serve Thanksgiving dinner to 200 guests from Project Act at the Quicken Loans Arena practice court.
- The Dallas Mavericks will host the 15th annual Mavs Turkey Dunk for 100 boys and girls from the Salvation Army at the American Airlines Center.
- Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee will help sponsor the 21st annual City of Oakland Turkey Dinner, which will serve thousands of low-income or homeless seniors, families and individuals.
- The Miami Heat will host the 21st Annual Heat Thanksgiving Celebration, a block party event for area residents. In addition, 600 underprivileged families will each receive an entire Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings from the Miami Heat.
- Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and his foundation will provide Thanksgiving meals to 800 disadvantaged individuals in his hometown of South Central Los Angeles and in Oklahoma City.
- The Orlando Magic will feed approximately 1,100 Central Florida children and families through Thanksgiving meal distributions on Nov. 20 and 22. J.J. Redick will host a meal distribution at the Rosemont Community Center on Nov. 20.
- The Utah Jazz will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner for thousands of homeless and low-income residents on the EnergySolutions Arena concourse.
- The Springfield Armor will serve Thanksgiving meals to families in need at the YMCA of Greater Springfield.
- The Golden State Warriors players will host a special postgame meet and greet with families in the Bay Area most in need during the holiday season. They will surprise the participating families with Warriors gift bags and other goodies. In addition, they will mingle with the families, sign autographs and pose for photos.
- The Tulsa 66ers will assist the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope by serving meals to homeless residents.
- The Orlando Magic will host a Thanksgiving Breakfast at the Coalition for the Homeless. Participants will include Magic players Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis and Maurice Harkless, along with Head Coach Jacque Vaughn, CEO Alex Martins, General Manager Rob Hennigan, and Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw.
- The Orlando Magic is teaming up with the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in recognition of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness month in November. The team will donate $10 from every ticket purchased for the November 23 game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Coalition.
For more information about the NBA Cares Season of Giving, please visit their website.
- To see what athletes are doing in the community, visit: Athlete Charities and Foundations
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