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ATLANTA, GA, MAY 22, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation announced today a significant financial contribution to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) to provide summer school scholarship resources to student-athletes for the second consecutive year.

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NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2020) – The National Basketball Players Association today announced the cancellation of the 2020 TOP 100 High School Basketball Camp (TOP 100) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TOP 100 was scheduled to take place in June 2020 on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

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NEW YORK, NY, MAY 4, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”) and its for-profit subsidiary, THINK450, announced an exclusive multi-year partnership with PADLOKT Global Inc. (“PADLOKT”), making CoStar Experience the platform of choice to give fans unparalleled access to their favorite basketball idols of the NBPA through authentic, immersive LIVE video experiences and much more behind-the-scenes content focusing on the players of the NBPA.

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New YORK, NY, May 5, 2020 -- The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce a total of more than half a million dollars in matching player grants for March and April 2020.

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NEW YORK, April 17, 2020 – The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that they have reached agreement on the method for reducing player compensation in the event of a permanent cancellation of 2019-20 regular season or playoff games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this agreement, and in order to provide players with a more gradual salary reduction schedule, partial reductions of 25% will begin with the players’ twice-a-month payment due on May 15.

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"Words cannot express the extreme sadness each of us feels at the news of the passing of Karl Anthony-Towns' loving Mother, Jacqueline Towns.

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New York, NY – March 31, 2020 – 2K, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” an NBA 2K20 gameplay tournament between 16 current NBA players. Beginning Friday, April 3 on ESPN and ESPN2, players – including top seeds Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks – will compete in a single-elimination, player-only tournament on Xbox One. The winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 6, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee is announcing that it will begin the search for a successor to Executive Director Michele Roberts. Recognizing the importance of succession planning to ensure the continued success and growth of the NBPA, Ms. Roberts and the Executive Committee are focusing on a strategy for the Union’s future.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 5, 2020 – The NBPA’s Chief of Player Programs Purvis Short issued the following statement today on the passing of NBPA TOP 100 Alumnus Ashley (AJ) James…

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New York, NY, February 18, 2020 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is excited to announce a $100,000 grant, as part of continued relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, to the SBP, a national disaster resilience and recovery organization founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS, February 17, 2020 – Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets was elected a Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at today's annual winter meeting of the Board of NBPA Player Representatives. A 9-year veteran of the NBA, 6-time NBA All-Star and 2016 NBA Champion, Irving will replace Pau Gasol who has served on the Executive Committee since February 2017. Irving served as the NBPA Player Representative for the Brooklyn Nets for the 2019-2020 season and his 3-year term as Vice President will begin effective immediately.

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NEW YORK, NY, February 12, 2020 – The NBPI, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), is excited to announce Mark Rejtig as the new Senior Vice President (SVP) of Brand Partnerships. As the first to hold this role, Rejtig will set the strategic direction for NBPI branded partnership efforts and ensure that all business development initiatives remain consistent with the NBPA’s overall mission and brand.

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CHICAGO, IL, February 11, 2020 - To support access to sports for all young people, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce with the help of 2020 NBA All-Star and Chicago native Anthony Davis a grant of $50,000 towards K-12 sports-related programming in Chicago schools.

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NEW YORK, NY, February 3, 2020 -- The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is proud to announce a partnership with the Metro Classic Basketball Showcase as part of a continued effort to support the development of prospective union members.

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New York, NY January 26, 2020 - We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant....

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LOS ANGELES – January 16, 2020 - Genies, Inc., an innovative digital avatar company that recently announced the world's first Avatar Agency and launched its platform on all social media and chat platforms (currently ranks as #2 worldwide in the Social Networking category), has completed a deal with the NBPA. The partnership will allow all NBA players access into the Genies Avatar Agency and integrate the NBA players’ likenesses into the Genies consumer app.

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NEW YORK, NY, January 14, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced that Mario West will serve as the new Director of the NBPA’s Off The Court (OTC) Program. As the new director, West will provide support and advice to players on their post-playing career and work with various departments within the NBPA to identify programs and benefits that are compatible with players’ interests as they transition from professional basketball.

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NEW YORK, NY, January 10, 2020 - The National Basketball Players Association [“NBPA”], in conjunction with Patricof Co., is pleased to announce the creation of the first NBPA Players Accelerator Program.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2020 -- In support for their country and the brave individuals standing on the frontlines of the bushfires in the region, nine Australian NBA Players have partnered with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation and the National Basketball Association (NBA) to contribute $750,000 USD towards relief and recovery efforts.

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NEW YORK, January 1, 2020 – "The entire basketball community is heartbroken. David Stern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants..."

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