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VATICAN CITY, November 23, 2020– A delegation from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier today. The meeting, held at the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, provided an opportunity for the Players to discuss their individual and collective efforts addressing social and economic injustice and inequality occurring in their communities.

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NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2020 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the formation of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, an organization that will lead the NBA family’s collective efforts to advance equality and social justice. Through its mission to leverage the game’s influence to raise awareness, educate and advocate for meaningful reform, the Coalition will focus on action and change in several areas, including voting access and criminal justice system reform at the national, state and local level.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 12, 2020 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) announced today a five-year strategic partnership to jointly fund development projects supported by NBPA members interested in and committed to development in Africa and creating long-term, self-sustaining change, spearheaded by African leaders.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 10, 2020 - "We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn, one of the founding fathers of the National Basketball Players Association. Not only did Tommy have an incredible career in the NBA as a player, coach and broadcaster, but closer to our home, he was instrumental in creating our union, taking the baton from his friend and teammate Bob Cousy and serving as our President from 1958-66. Tommy was truly a pioneer in player empowerment, championing the notion of free agency at a time when it was highly controversial and unpopular, and fighting to create our NBA Players' Pension Plan, under which generations of players have thrived.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 5, 2020 – The NBPA today issued the following statement: "The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has tentatively approved a start date of December 22, 2020 for the 2020-2021 NBA season and a 72-game schedule. Additional details remain to be negotiated and the NBPA is confident that the parties will reach agreement on these remaining issues relevant to the upcoming season.”

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NEW YORK, NY, October 21, 2020 -- The NBPA Foundation is pleased to announce that $250,000 of the total proceeds from the 2019-2020 NBA season restart jersey auction will be used to support 18 different organizations around the country that are working to increase voter turnout and combat voter suppression.

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LOS ANGELES, Oct 14, 2020 — The inspiring leadership of youth standing up for racial justice in Los Angeles will be the focus of “Our Vote, Our Future,” a virtual forum hosted by Russell Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation, The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, PolicyLink and the National Basketball Players Association Foundation.

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NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2020 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the NBA Foundation Board of Directors, comprised of eight representatives from the NBA Board of Governors, players and executives from the NBPA and the league office. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will provide strategic direction with respect to programming and grantmaking as well as oversee the organization’s activities, working directly with all 30 NBA teams and their governors to support and facilitate sustainable initiatives in team markets. The inaugural board members are:

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NEW YORK, NY, October 9, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with Black Players for Change (BPC) released a joint video today, addressing systemic racism and police brutality by calling for change and civic engagement this November. Written and produced by both organizations, the one-minute video signifies the Players’ collective commitment to keep social justice and racial equality at the forefront of the conversation heading into the upcoming election.

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NEW YORK, NY, October 2, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and SportsCastr, the live streaming company that lets anyone be a color commentator, star in their own interactive podcast or personalize their sports viewing experience, announced today the launch of the NBPA’s Broadcaster U. Virtual Game Call Program. The Virtual Game Call Program is the latest addition to the NBPA’s Broadcaster U., a pre-existing program that has run for 12 years and is designed for players who are interested in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting. Over the course of this new Program, players will gain valuable experience virtually, learning basic broadcasting techniques and tips from experts and practicing their TV color commentary via a private platform provided by SportsCastr.

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ORLANDO, FL, September 23, 2020 – "Sadly, there was no justice today for Breonna Taylor. Her killing was the result of a string of callous and careless decisions made with a lack of regard for humanity, ultimately resulting in the death of an innocent and beautiful woman with her entire life ahead of her. Our players and I once again extend our deepest sympathies to her family and we vow to continue working in her honor and to always say her name."

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NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2020 — NBA players have consistently been leaders of change in their communities, using their voices and their resources to bring attention to the ongoing episodes of social injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism across the country. On August 26, the players used their platform to stage a powerful protest, opting out of their games after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times by Kenosha Police in Wisconsin. This “pause” by the players caused another shift by forcing conversation and action to take place and many other sports organizations followed suit.

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Newark, NJ – September 14, 2020 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Los Angeles Lakers star J.R. Smith, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, New Jersey Devils President Jake Reynolds, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, and Essex County Board of Elections Clerk Linda Von Nessi announced in a virtual press conference today that the Prudential Center will serve as a “Super Polling Site” for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election pending final vote by the Essex County Board of Elections. It would accept ballots on Election Day, provide residents with opportunities to register to vote in September, and serve as a location to assist Newark residents with filling out and returning 2020 US Census forms by the September 30 deadline.

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Chicago, IL (Sept. 10, 2020) – Own Our Own, an inner-city focused real estate fund, today announces its first Chicago-based project in partnership with Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington and former Chicago Bull and 2-time All-Star Luol Deng. Former players Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Matt Barnes are also investor-partners. The impact investment project aims to transform a South Side of Chicago neighborhood through an affordable housing and community development initiative that will improve quality of life through increased public safety and access to critical social services.

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., September 14, 2020 – Inspired by actions taken by the members of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in support of racial and social justice, Dove Men+Care and the NBPA are announcing today a landmark partnership to help create a society where Black men and young men are cared for, respected, supported and protected. The Commit to C.A.R.E Now Initiative will showcase, honor and celebrate the humanity of Black men while addressing a number of issues such as public safety, safe and fair voting, community engagement and the accurate portrayal of Black men in media.

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NEW YORK, NY, September 22, 2020 – As players use this season restart as a platform to bring attention to social justice and racial inequality, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with Champion Athleticwear and DoorDash, is inviting fans to take The Pledge as a commitment to drive voter participation and civic engagement. In taking the pledge, fans will have an opportunity to choose an action item(s) from the NBPA’s The Pledge list to ensure their voting eligibility ahead of the 2020 election. Action items include but are not limited to, checking your voter registration status, completing a voter registration form and requesting an absentee ballot.

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FLORIDA, Aug. 28, 2020 – NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following joint statement today:

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ORLANDO, FL, August 26, 2020 – "Throughout the season restart, our players have been unwavering in their demands for systemic justice. This week we witnessed another horrific, shocking and all too familiar act of brutality in the shooting of 29 year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Players have, once again, made it clear - they will not be silent on this issue. We stand with the decision of the players of the Milwaukee Bucks to protest this injustice and support the collective decision to postpone all of today's games."

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AUSTIN, TX – August 25, 2020 – Ballogy Inc., an innovative software company revolutionizing the way youth and amateur athletes prepare for their sports, announced today that it has partnered with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to offer a fun and interactive basketball program for aspiring young athletes and fans.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 20, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and Five-Star Basketball announced today that they will collaborate to host a 3-day virtual basketball camp from August 24-26. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the virtual camp is designed to help boys and girls from ages 9-17 develop their skills both on and off the court without leaving their homes.

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