Several NBA stars have teamed up with Direct Relief International to help provide support and recovery to the people in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami that shook the nation two weeks ago.
Many players, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, JaVale McGee, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, have committed to donating $1,000 for every point they score in games occuring between March 25-27th. Other players who have agreed to set donations include DJ Augustin, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Tyreke Evans, Danilo Gallinari, Xavier Henry, Antawn Jamison, Jason Kapono, Quincy Pondexter, Brian Scalabrine, Etan Thomas, and Ben Wallace.
Direct Relief has already provided emergency funds for thousands of displaced individuals throughout the tsunami-affected Miyagi prefecture, with special attention paid to the elderly and disabled. Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief International issued this statement in a press release, “Direct Relief responds to emergencies all around the world, including the U.S., and the scale of the tragedy in Japan is immense by any measure. These world-class NBA athletes are showing world-class generosity to support people in Japan who need help now and will still need it as the headlines fade. We hope they light up scoreboards this weekend.”
If you haven’t already donated to the relief efforts in Japan, you can text “Give10″ to 20222 to give $10 to Japan. 100% of the funds received for the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund will be dedicated exclusively to relief and recovery efforts in Japan.