By: Talia Bargil
The sound of support for Haiti reverberated many miles from New York City’s Times Square last month.
Representing the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), New York Knicks point guard Chris Duhon joined UNICEF Executives to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Market in recognition of the generous contributions made to earthquake relief efforts.
The NBPA and NBA teamed up to donate $1 million to support the relief efforts, and together joined forces with longtime community partner UNICEF and other relief agencies to provide emergency assistance to the estimated three million victims. In coordination with other UN agencies present on the ground, UNICEF is providing supplies to allow access to adequate sanitation, safe water and basic health care.
Alongside U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Edward Lloyd, Duhon participated in the meaningful closing bell ceremony.
The extraordinary generosity of several companies and organizations has made a critical difference for children and families in Haiti, noted Stern. She said that as a result of the contributions, “a massive influx of help has arrived, and continues to arrive, in Haiti.”
Philadelphia 76ers center and Haiti native Samuel Dalembert, who is also a players union representative, taped an NBA Cares public service announcement for UNICEF encouraging fans to contribute to the relief efforts. Prior to a recent Philadelphia home game, he addressed the crowd and asked for fans’ assistance in supporting the relief efforts. UNICEF had volunteers throughout the Wachovia Center to collect donations from fans, and Caryl Stern was in attendance to accept a $100,000 donation from Dalembert, who also matched donations made by fans that evening.
“NBA players are deeply affected by this tragedy,” said NBPA President Derek Fisher. “We hope our contribution helps provide immediate relief to those suffering in Haiti.”