In collaboration with the Department of Defense, the NBA continues its Commitment to Service initiative that allows NBA players, coaching and teams to work side-by-side with our nation’s military to better communities across the country. Teams and their current and former players are partnering with local installations and a variety of military and veteran-serving organizations for several activities, including leadership seminars, community service events and basketball-focused fitness activities for active and retired service members and their families.
The Atlanta Hawks teamed up with TAPS to host military families for their Tag Team Clinic & Dinner.
Working in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Coach Brad Stevens and his family hosted their 2nd annual Thanksgiving Meal distribution, working alongside members of the military to distribute meals to those in need in the Boston community.
The Brooklyn Nets invited 100 current military service members from Fort Hamilton to watch shoot around.
The Charlotte Hornets organization, including the full team and coaching staff, packed 10,000 care kits to send to troops overseas via Operation Gratitude.
The Chicago Bulls teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project to host their annual Stars and Strikes event in honor of Veteran’s Day.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Iman Shumpert toured the U.S.S. Cod with military families who are supported by the USO of Northern Ohio.
Dallas Mavericks employees worked side-by-side with military members sorting canned goods and packing care packages for the Food 4 Kids Initiative.
The Denver Nuggets honored members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with recipients ranging from World War II to the Gulf War.
The Detroit Pistons, Palace Sports & Entertainment and members of the military worked together to host their fifth annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Additionally, during an in-game moment, Reggie Jackson surprised Senior Airman Maria Hechabarria of the Michigan Air National Guard with the key to a mortgage free home.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Golden State Warriors players and coaches, along with Warriors Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle took five military families from the Bay Area shopping to purchase items to send to military members as part of the Warriors Hoops For Troops Care Package Drive.
The Houston Rockets participated in a Day of Caring Event held at MECA Community Center alongside active members of the military.
The Indiana Pacers prepared 500 care packages to send to Indiana troops stationed overseas as well as worked alongside Indiana Wesleyan University and soldiers from the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion for their Hoops For Troops Day of Service. The team also invited 50 Soldiers from the Indiana National Guard for a behind-the-scenes look at a Pacers practice and hosted a Special Breakfast to honor the men and women of Pacers Sports & Entertainment who have served in the Armed Forces.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Los Angeles Clippers players, staff, season ticket holders and members of the military joined with Feed the Children to distribute boxes of food and personal care items to 1,200 families in need.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
The Los Angeles Lakers celebrated Military Heroes Appreciation Night by honoring the Paris Train attack heroes.
As part of the GrizzFit Kids Boot Camp Core 4 Combine, members of the Memphis Grizzlies and military personnel assisted youth in a variety of fitness activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Working in partnership with Rebuilding Together, members of the Miami HEAT worked alongside military members to help rebuild two homes of local veterans.
The Milwaukee Bucks invited current military members to observe their practice and take part in a meet and greet held at their practice facility.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted 100 active soldiers and veterans for an open practice. Afterwards, brunch was served by the coaches’ and the players’ wives and girlfriends.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans joined members of the military to read and engage youth at a local elementary school. Additionally, Eric Gordon, Dante Cunningham, and Luke Babbit played video games with active military members from a remote location as part of their Pros vs. Joes event. The team also hosted a Pelicans Junior Training Camp at Gauthier Elementary for local youth alongside current members of the Armed Forces.
NEW YORK KNICKS
The New York Knicks hosted Military Appreciation Day with military families attending practice and a meet & greet with players and coaches.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook, Mitch McGary, Steven Adams, and Enes Kanter visited veterans at the Oklahoma VA Medical Center.
The Orlando Magic worked alongside military members to pack over 200 care packages which will benefit homeless students and families.
The Philadelphia 76ers celebrated Stars & Stripes Night.
The Phoenix Suns hosted a basketball clinic for families living at Luke Air Force Base.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Members of the Portland Trail Blazers, including Meyers Leonard, Gerald Henderson, Tim Frazier, Maurice Harkless, and Pat Connaughton, worked alongside military members to create cards that will be included in meal delivery for homebound seniors to help brighten their day.
The Sacramento Kings teamed up with a group of photojournalists from Travis Air Force Base. The photojournalists partnered with Kings’ photographers to take holiday photos for local low-income families.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The San Antonio Spurs hosted local military families in partnership with Teams4Taps.
The Utah Jazz and local military personnel joined together to sort food donations and serve meals to those in need in the Utah.
Members of the military and the Washington Wizards worked together to pack “Breakfast-To-Go” meal kits, which will be distributed to those in need in local shelters.