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NBPA Foundation Provides Over Half a Million Dollars in Matching Player Grants

NBPA Foundation Provides Over Half a Million Dollars in Matching Player Grants

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. During the last six weeks, the NBPA Foundation partnered with 21 players to match their philanthropic support in their respective communities around the world.


These matching grants have fallen primarily into two categories: 

1. Relief Efforts Related to the COVID-19 pandemic - Including funding of medical supplies locally and abroad, expanding testing capacity, providing meals to families & frontline workers and providing educational supplies for students at home.

2. Disaster Relief Efforts After the Croatian Earthquake - Including increased funding for a hospital in Zagreb, Croatia and supporting rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by the earthquake.

The NBPA Foundation provided matching grants to the following players:

Ante Žižić: Supporting rebuilding efforts following the Croatian earthquake in March 2020 (University Hospital Centre Zagreb).

Bogdan Bogdanović: Providing personal protective equipment to medical professionals in Serbia (Humanitarian Organization Divac Foundation).

Bojan BogdanovićSupporting a local Bosnian hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic (University Clinical Hospital of Mostar).

Brandan Wright: Working to provide a digital learning community for his AAU team (Team Brandan Wright).

Danilo Gallinari: Providing operating support to create a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients (Regione Lombardia Local Government).

Dario ŠarićSupporting rebuilding efforts following the Croatian earthquake in March 2020 (University Hospital Centre Zagreb).

Dennis Smith Jr.: Providing meals for medical responders and emergency room employees in Fayetteville, NC during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation). An additional grant was also matched to provide technology equipment for K-12 students in Cumberland County, NC (Cumberland Community Foundation).

Denzel Valentine: Supporting food distribution efforts in Lansing, MI for families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (Great Lansing Food Bank).

DJ Augustin: Providing meals to frontline hospital workers in New Orleans, LA during the COVID-19 pandemic (Krewe of Red Beans).

Dragan Bender: Supporting rebuilding efforts following the Croatian earthquake in March 2020 (University Hospital Centre Zagreb).

Džanan MusaProviding general operating support to a local hospital in Sarajevo, Bosnia to assist doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic (Dr. Irfan Ljubijankic Cantonal Hospital).    
Ivica Zubac: Supporting rebuilding efforts following the Croatian earthquake in March 2020 (University Hospital Centre Zagreb).

Jonathan Isaac: Supporting food distribution efforts in Orlando, FL for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (Project Life).

Kyle Korver: Supporting local youth and homeless individuals in Philadelphia, PA during the COVID-19 pandemic (Helping Hands Rescue Mission).

Luka ŠamanićSupporting rebuilding efforts following the Croatian earthquake in March 2020 (University Hospital Centre Zagreb).

Marco Belinelli: Supporting a local hospital in Reggio Emilia, Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic (AUSL Reggio Emilia Bologna).

Mario Hezonja: Providing personal protective equipment to medical professionals in Dubrovnik, Croatia (Dubrovnik General Hospital).

Nemanja Bjelica: Providing personal protective equipment to medical professionals in Serbia (Humanitarian Organization Divac Foundation).

Nicolò MelliSupporting a local hospital in Reggio Emilia, Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic (AUSL Reggio Emilia Bologna).

Steph Curry: Supporting food distribution efforts for low-income families in Oakland, CA (Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation).

Zach Randolph: Providing meals and educational supplies for K-12 students in Shelby County, TN during the COVID-19 pandemic (SchoolSeed Foundation).

Please direct all media inquiries to communications@nbpa.com.

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.