Jun 16, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra looks on as small forward LeBron James (6) runs up the court against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter of game five in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT

Report: NBA, NBPA donate $250,000 to Philippines relief effort

The NBA and NBA Players Association will donate $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of that organization’s relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, according to the Associated Press.

Here is a portion of the release from the AP:

Also, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose mother is from the Philippines, will appear in a public service announcement for the organization to help raise funds for the relief efforts.

UNICEF said Sunday in a release that estimates show as many as 4 million children could be affected by the disaster that has killed thousands and could be the deadliest natural disaster on record.

The league also is planning a second donation to another organization and is encouraging others to help the efforts in the Philippines, where it played an exhibition game last month between Houston and Indiana.

Directly from UNICEF’s website, which can be found by clicking here, they are attempting to provide aid for an area hit by winds of up to 235 MPH and that was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake three weeks ago:

These children desperately need shelter, clean water, medicine and nutrition supplies — the same area is already reeling from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake just three weeks ago.

UNICEF staff in the Philippines are rushing into position to deliver aid. More emergency experts are on the way. In Copenhagen, 60 metric tons of emergency supplies — for the health, medical and shelter needs of children — are being readied for an emergency airlift, to arrive within 48 hours.

Good on the NBA for helping out in relief efforts for one of the largest natural disasters in recorded human history.

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