Dishing Out The Assist In O-Town

By: Talia Bargil

A highlight of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) impacted the Orlando community in a big way. In partnership with Feed The Children and Li-Ning, the NBPA and its players distributed food to 3,600 impoverished area families.

Nine tractor-trailers pulled into the Orlando Fairgrounds, where NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter and numerous NBA players, including Matt Bonner, Keyon Dooling, Maurice Evans, Willie Green, Theo Ratliff and Anthony Tolliver, volunteered to lend a hand and help bring smiles to the locals facing challenging times.

“Continuing a long tradition of giving back to communities worldwide, the NBPA and its players were proud to leave our mark on the 2012 All-Star host city of Orlando,” said Hunter. “The City of Orlando Mayor Dyer came out to show his support, for which we thank him, and it was really a special event.”

In addition to Mayor Dyer, City Commissioners Tony Ortiz and Daisy Lynum also participated.

"The presence of all the current and former players meant a lot to those who were being served and the partnership with the NBPA helped us reach so many more people," said Feed The Children spokesperson Tony Sellars. "We look forward to working together with the Players Association on many more future events."

Check out the event photos!

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