NBPA Outreach: Helping Haiti Heal

January 29, 2010

NBA star Samuel Dalembert joins forces with the NBPA and other professional atheletes to bring aid to his home country, Haiti.

By: Talia Bargil
for NBPA.com

In an urgent response to the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti last month, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) joined with its counterparts from the NFLPA, MLBPA and NHLPA to form “One Team 4 Haiti.” Representing the professional athletes from all four unions, the groups have come together to support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s focus on the Haitian Earthquake relief efforts.

"The destruction of Haiti and despair of the Haitian people has touched us all," said Derek Fisher, NBPA President and Los Angeles Laker. "From the first day that this disaster occurred, NBA players from around the league have urged our union to assist in any way possible. The NBPA is proud to partner with our fellow athletes, and we are urging as many people as possible to come together to support the ‘One Team 4 Haiti’ campaign."

With text messaging fundraising efforts in full throttle, supporters in the United States can text the word “TEAM” to 20222 to make a $10 mobile donation. Canadian supporters can text the word “TEAM” to 20222 to donate $5. One hundred percent of the texting campaign proceeds are going directly to relief efforts.

In addition to raising money, the campaign is also heightening awareness by running public service announcements featuring athletes from all four sports leagues, including Fisher and Haiti native, Philadelphia 76er Samuel Dalembert.

Through his work with the Samuel Dalembert Foundation, Dalembert has taken great interest in helping his economically devastated homeland of Haiti and made a number of additional financial contributions since the tragedy struck.

"While I cannot begin to imagine what my friends and family are going through as they deal with this terrible tragedy, I will do everything that I can to help raise funds to aid in the relief efforts," he said.

With the outpouring of support and generosity from his NBA band of brothers, Dalembert is certainly not alone in his plight.

About the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund:
The earthquake that rocked the coast of Haiti killed or injured a devastating number of people. Even more were left in need of aid, making this is one of the major humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas. In the aftermath of the disaster, President Barack Obama asked President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to raise funds for immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance. In response, the two Presidents established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) to respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and "build back better." The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will do this by working with and supporting the efforts of reputable 501(c) (3) nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. Presidents Clinton and Bush oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. One hundred percent of donations made to the Clinton Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Texas go directly to relief efforts. For more information, visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org.