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2019 NBA All-Star Game

During All-Star Weekend, the NBA supports kids in need

Events in Charlotte range from basketball clinics to packing up free school supplies

Children and families in need will have support from the NBA during All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

NBA All-Stars, NBA and WNBA players and former players will participate in hands-on service projects, youth basketball clinics, community forums, and physical and mental wellness events. The league is partnering with several organizations, including RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), Classroom Central (which distributes free school supplies), Time Out Youth Center and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

On game day, the giving spirit will continue. Team LeBron and Team Giannis have selected Right Moves for Youth and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, respectively, as the Charlotte-based organizations they will play for during the NBA All-Star Game. The organization selected by the winning team will receive $350,000, and the one picked by the losing team will receive $150,000.

Here are some of the scheduled charitable events.


Thursday

Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital visit

Current and former NBA and WNBA players will visit patients and families at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital and its St. Jude affiliate to play games and make Valentine’s Day cards and crafts.

West Charlotte High School court dedication

The NBA and Kaiser Permanente will dedicate new locker rooms, a refurbished court, and yoga and meditation space at West Charlotte High School before leading students in on-court clinics, cooking and meditation activities that encourage total health. Headspace, a science blog that promotes healthy living for educators, is donating yearlong subscriptions to every teacher at the school and providing free access to the app for students.

NBA Voices Community Conversation

In partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Time Out Youth Center and Right Moves for Youth, the NBA will bring together local youths, law enforcement and community leaders for a discussion about identity, racial bias, conflict resolution and ways to build a stronger and more inclusive community.

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip

The NBA and Discovery Education are bringing the All-Star Virtual Field Trip to more than 2,000 middle school classrooms across the country, introducing students to NBA-related careers by demonstrating how math and STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — are critical to their future success.

Hoops for Troops

Throughout the week, the NBA will partner with the United Service Organizations, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune to host special experiences, including meet-and-greets and pickup games for active-duty military members and the families of fallen servicemen and women.

Make-A-Wish (Thursday-Sunday)

The NBA and Make-A-Wish will grant the wishes of eight kids facing critical illnesses, treating the youths and their families to several days of fun events, including meet-and-greets with NBA All-Stars and NBA and WNBA legends.

Friday

NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service

More than 1,500 volunteers, including NBA and WNBA players and former players, coaches and partners, will participate in three service projects. Volunteers will assemble food donations at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, a second group of volunteers will refurbish community spaces and a playground at Little Rock Apartments with United Way of Central Carolinas and a third group will join Classroom Central to package school supplies for local teachers and students.

NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game

NBA and WNBA players and former players will join 12 Special Olympics athletes from North Carolina and around the world for a demonstration game at Bojangles’ Coliseum before the 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Every shot made from behind a line between center court and the 3-point line will be considered a 4-pointer, and for each one, Ruffles will donate $4,000 to Special Olympics to foster environments of inclusion in sports.

Jr. NBA Day

In partnership with Under Armour, more than 1,500 local youths, including several from TAPS, will participate in a series of basketball clinics alongside NBA All-Stars on courts provided by SnapSports.

Her Time To Play Panel

Her Time To Play, the WNBA and NBA’s initiative to inspire girls, ages 7-14, to play basketball in a positive and healthy way, will convene female trailblazers and male allies at the FQ Equality Lounge for a discussion about the unique challenges that girls and women in sports face.

Saturday

Building Bridges Through Basketball

NBA Voices, Under Armour, RISE, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are supporting the seventh NBA Voices Building Bridges Through Basketball series. The 10-week program will bring together Charlotte youths and law enforcement for basketball clinics and leadership activities that create space for open discussion, encourage mutual trust, and focus on identity, diversity and conflict resolution.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Jr. NBA Coaches Forum

In partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, A Call to Men and Athlete Ally, the Jr. NBA will host a forum to educate and support local coaches on issues related to gender identity, unconscious bias and diversity and share best practices for creating a more open and inclusive team culture.

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.