NBA players are expected to perform charity work
Old 08-07-2014, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA dishes life advice to rookies at annual transition program - NBA - SI.com

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To give you a peek at what NBA rookies are going through, here are eight things learned at the annual symposium.

Charity work is a staple of the NBA. The league prides itself on humanitarian work in the community through its charity, NBA Cares. Since 2005, players have provided over three million hours of community service. But not all rookies were aware giving back is actually a requirement of being in the league.

Detroit Pistons guard Spencer Dinwiddie was on the fence.

"Don't we get fined?" asked Dinwiddie. "There's a reason why LeBron (James) and Doug (McDermott) are on the NBA Cares [ads]."

Replied Aaron Gordon of the Magic: "[We're] not obligated if it's not in the contract.

Turns out, it is. Rookies learned at the transition program that NBA players are required to make 12 appearances throughout the year for their respective teams, in addition to the in-arena appears to connect with fans.
And here I just assumed certain players were altruistic. Won't make that assumption again. Good for the NBA though for making it a standard.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My employeer monitors individual donations to a specific Canadian charity. It's almost like I play for the NBA.
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I thought this was known?

NBA Cares, Read to achieve etc are league programs.
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I thought this was known?

NBA Cares, Read to achieve etc are league programs.
Maybe it was... first I heard of it.
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Maybe it was... first I heard of it.
Hmmm, these team trips to the hospital for sick kids, read to achieve and NBA cares are all obviously things done every year and are team/league programs and the players have to participate. This isn't new
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