NBA, NBPA commit $2.5m to HBCUs

The National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players Association have announced a commitment of more than $2.5m in funds and resources towards Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, disclosed that the fund was for support and awareness around equity and access to Coronavirus Disease care, relief and vaccines.

“NBA All-Star in Atlanta will continue our annual tradition of celebrating the game and the greatest players in the world before a global audience.

“In addition to the festivities on the court, the All-Star Game will honour the vital role HBCUs play in our communities and focus attention and resources on COVID-19 relief, particularly for the most vulnerable.”

The NBA All-Star 2021 will be held on Sunday, March 7, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Hawks.

Chief Executive Officer and President of Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Dr. Harry Williams, said, “As a founding partner of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NBA has been a consistent supporter for more than 33 years.

“By dedicating its All-Star platform to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the NBA is making a profound statement about the league’s commitment to a better future, recognising the crucial role Black colleges have always played in facilitating racial equity and serving the African-American community.”

UNCF CEO, Dr. Michael Lomax, added, “We welcome this exciting opportunity to partner with the NBA and the players. Together, the NBA and players can shine a bright light on the vital work of our nation’s HBCUs and help ensure that we can support our Black college students on their education journeys.”

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