NBPA Presents: Miracle In The Nation’s Capital

November 23, 2009

NBPA members Amir Johnson, Mike James and Jarrett Jack help to provide some holiday cheer for some deserving local Washington families.

When the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) sets out to make a difference, the organization is sure to do just that…and in a big way!

The NBPA, in conjunction with the Executive Office of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Feed The Children, presents “Miracle In The Nation’s Capital,” a major component of the NBPA’s national campaign to brighten the holiday season for numerous families struggling financially during this troubled economy. The groups have teamed up to distribute USDA Grade A turkeys, holiday meals and personal care items to 10,000 Washington, D.C. families in-need on Dec. 3.

“It is truly heartwarming to watch as our players’ presence, participation and passion for this tremendous initiative brightens the holiday season for so many,” said Billy Hunter, NBPA Executive Director. “With two outstanding partners in the Office of the Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Feed The Children, the NBPA is poised and proud to make an enormous impact on an unprecedented number of Washington, D.C. families that need our assistance.”

Derek Fisher, NBPA President and Los Angeles Laker said, “NBA players are well aware of how fortunate they are, and are grateful for the opportunity to assist in supplying thousands of families with much needed food and personal care items, especially during the holiday season.”

Several players from the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors, as well as a number of additional recognizable faces, will be on hand to help distribute the 60 pounds of food and materials to each family, who have been pre-identified by the Office of the Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

“During the holiday season families, friends and neighbors come together to celebrate with warmth and compassion for one another,” said Mayor Fenty. “In keeping with this tradition, the District of Columbia is thrilled to team up with the NBPA and Feed The Children to distribute thousands of Christmas meals to residents in an effort to ensure everyone an opportunity to have a joyous holiday.”

According to the Washington Post, a new federal report shows that the nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track of such statistics, which shows that nearly 50 million people – including almost one child in four – struggled last year to get enough to eat.

“An average of 12.4 percent of homes in the Washington, D.C. area had problems getting enough food last year, which is worse than the national average. In partnership with the NBPA and the Office of the Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, we are looking forward to assisting those directly affected by this alarming national hunger crisis,” said Tony Sellars, Feed The Children spokesman. “These stunning statistics are exactly why Feed The Children will continue its mission to bring help and hope to struggling children and families in the United States.”

It may be a competition out on the basketball court, but when it comes to helping put an end to the hunger crisis, it is clear that everybody is on the same team.