The 2018 NBA All-Star Game isn’t just about the players. There’s going to be a bit of charity involved as well.
The league recently announced that each team’s captain would get to select a charity, which will receive a sizable donation. The league will be giving $300,000 to the winning team’s charity, and $150,000 to the charity chosen by the losing team.
Team Stephen captain, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, selected Brotherhood Crusade, an organization that provides services for underserved youth in South Los Angeles. He announced his choice via the league’s YouTube page:
“Hey, it’s Stephen Curry, captain of Team Stephen” Curry said. “Definitely excited for All-Star, but even more so as we’re going to be playing for charity this year. After speaking with the team, we’ve decided to play for Brotherhood Crusade. For nearly 50 years, the Brotherhood Crusade has been working to empower and support low income and underserved youth in South Los Angeles. Through mentoring, education, and leadership programs, the Brotherhood Crusade has helped thousands of young people overcome barriers on their pathway to success. Watch out, Team LeBron: we’re coming for you.”
Team LeBron, captained by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, selected After-School All-Stars Los Angeles as their charity. This organization gives an out-of-school program to more than 8,000 kids in the Los Angeles area.
Both organizations are terrific, and it’s great that the league is donating to the charities of both the winning and losing squad. And if you’re wondering why Curry and James both chose Los Angeles-area organizations, it’s because the All-Star Game is taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The game is less than two weeks away (February 18), and here’s a reminder of who will be playing:
Paul George (injury replacement for DeMarcus Cousins)
Andre Drummond (injury replacement for Kevin Love)
Goran Dragic (injury replacement for John Wall)
TBA (injury replacement for Kristaps Porzingis)