USA Basketball, NBA And Department Of Defense Partner On A Commitment To Supporting Armed Forces Members And Their Families
-- Commitment To Service Will Focus On Four Pillars: Transition, Community, Leadership And Health --
Building off the successful NBA Cares and USA Basketball’s Hoops for Troops program, the National Basketball Association (NBA), USA Basketball and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced today a comprehensive partnership for a robust commitment to service. Using the sport of basketball, the partnership will support local communities and hundreds of thousands of active and retired armed forces members and their families each year. The program will focus on four pillars – Transition, Community, Leadership and Health – and feature a full schedule of events across the country including USO Tours with legends of the game, exhibition games, clinics, open practices, speaking engagements, meet-and-greets, game tickets and more. A key component of the program will be working with thousands of service members returning from overseas duty to provide them with the tools and skills needed to transition from military to civilian life - preparing for a new career after their military service ends. To assist with this effort, the NBA and its teams, in conjunction with the DoD, will host job fairs, networking events and leadership conferences with NBA owners, executives and coaches and Pentagon leadership.
"We are proud to be working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense and all five uniformed services of the military to impact the lives of the active and retired service members and, just as importantly, their families by providing important health and life skills support and assisting in the transition back to civilian life,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
"I'm excited about partnering with the NBA and USA Basketball in finding innovative ways to serve the communities in which we live and work. This partnership will be a slam dunk--two groups who are the best in the world at what they do giving back to the communities that support them," said General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo added, “Like the members of our armed forces, USA Basketball represents the United States and giving back to our troops through these programs is a great way to show our thanks and appreciation for all they have done to defend our country. It’s an honor for our players and our staff to associate with these brave men, women and their families and to help provide hope to many that are far from home.”
The schedule of activities will tip off on May 7, with a Leadership Development meeting led by USA Women’s National Team head coach Geno Auriemma and USA Men’s National Team assistant coach Jim Boeheim at the Pentagon for members of the armed forces. On July 6, in observance of Independence Day, the WNBA will host a Hoops for Troops doubleheader on ESPN2 featuring the Minnesota Lynx at New York Liberty and the Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks. That will be followed by an open practice at West Point with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team on Aug. 18, and the USA Women’s National Team will train at the U.S. Naval Academy from Sept. 7-10, with both teams also participating in activities to support transition, leadership and healthy well-being among U.S. service men and women and their families. In November, the NBA and its teams will celebrate Veterans Day with weekend-long activities including special oncourt apparel and NBA/WNBA players, coaches and NBA legends will embark on several USO Tours in December.
Hoops for Troops is the year-round global social responsibility program for the NBA and USA Basketball in collaboration with the DoD, USO, Wounded Warrior Project, and other military and veteran-serving organizations providing support for active and retired service men and women and their families through programs, events and partnerships. To learn more visit NBA Cares Hoops for Troops or USA Basketball Hoops For Troops.
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2013-14 season featured a record 92 international players from 39 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which set a record last year with more than 9.5 billion page views, with more than half of all visitors originating from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 580 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $230 million to charity, completed more than 2.8 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 860 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.
About USA Basketball
The national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions. USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships, and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. For further information about USA Basketball, go to the official Web site of USA Basketball at www.usab.com and connect with us on facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball, plus.google.com/+usabasketball, instagram.com/usabasketball and youtube.com/usab.