NBPA Foundation Announces $100,000 Grant in Support of Continued Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

NBPA Foundation Announces $100,000 Grant in Support of Continued Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

New York, NY, February 19, 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. Working with the SBP, the NBPA Foundation’s $100,000 grant will be split evenly for home rebuilding efforts in Freeport and the rebuilding of the Grand Bahamas Children’s Home.

The NBPA’s connection to the Bahamas stems partially from its players, several of whom either grew up there or have strong ties to the Caribbean nation. During Hurricane Dorian, these players along with many of their teammates were instrumental in raising awareness and leading fundraising efforts to provide relief for those in need. The NBPA Foundation supported these efforts by matching player donations toward Hurricane Dorian relief work. Additionally, for the past two years, the Bahamas has hosted players and NBPA staff for the annual NBPA winter meeting and One Court experience.

“In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, it was great to see our players come together to help those affected by the storm,” said Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the NBPA Foundation. "Since then, we as a foundation have remained committed to the long-term recovery efforts in the Bahamas and we hope this grant will contribute to the rebuilding efforts that are still on-going around the country.”

“We are grateful to the NBPA Foundation and its members for supporting SBP’s Hurricane Dorian long-term recovery effort,” said SBP Co-founder and CEO Zack Rosenburg. “We have learned over the past 14 years how important collaboration is in speeding recovery for disaster-impacted families.  SBP will remain in the Bahamas until recovery is complete with support from partners like the NBPA Foundation.”

About the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation

Established in 1997, The National Basketball Players Association Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of its members and providing support and assistance to persons, communities and organizations throughout the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need. Through grants that match players’ philanthropy and charitable giving, the Foundation highlights and accelerates the real and collaborative work that basketball players do worldwide to build their communities and create meaningful change.

About SBP

SBP's mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery. Since its founding in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 2,000 families with the help of 130,000 volunteers in 13 communities across the U.S. and in the Bahamas.

SBP shrinks time between disaster and recovery through five interventions: Rebuilding efficiently; Sharing our model with other organizations; Preparing home and business owners through resilience training; Advising municipal and state officials; and Advocating for policy changes and improvements to the disaster recovery industry. To achieve our mission, SBP takes a holistic approach to disasters—increasing resilience before and streamlining recovery after.